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NIHR: Evaluating “Pharmacy First” services for management of common conditions

  Friday, 16 Jun 2023 | Funding Deadline

The Primary Care Recovery Plan set out that NHS England will commission a “Pharmacy First” service nationally in community pharmacy with the aim that, by Winter 2023, those signed up to deliver the service can supply prescription-only NHS medicines for seven common conditions, subject to consultation with Community Pharmacy England. The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is interested in receiving high-quality research applications to undertake a robust wrap around evaluation of the planned “Pharmacy First” service to understand its:

  • impact
  • safety
  • cost effectiveness
  • acceptability
  • implications for antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance

Research is needed to assess the quality of clinical care, patient safety, health resource utilisation and appropriate antibiotic use for a Pharmacy First scheme compared to treatment in general practice/standard care. Proposals must encompass the whole service in England and can include comparison with services provided elsewhere in the UK. Single region or pilot sites alone are out of scope for this call.

Deadline for proposals: 16 June 2023
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