The ABPI has today launched a guide to help healthcare professionals develop joint working partnerships that will help UK patients.
Joint working is becoming an increasingly important part of the healthcare system and involves NHS and pharmaceutical professionals coming together to develop projects that improve patient health. The new ABPI guide, which is supported by the Department of Health and NHS Confederation, provides a quick reference for those who are considering launching new schemes and it is hoped it will encourage more joint working projects in the future.
The guide is designed for use by both NHS and industry partners, and has been developed around a simple seven step flow chart from the initial idea generation, through development, to a final agreement.
Commenting, Stephen Whitehead, Chief Executive of the ABPI, said:
“Initiating a joint working project can be challenging, despite the clear benefits to patients of combining pharmaceutical industry and NHS expertise. I believe this guide can help overcome those challenges and I hope this will be widely shared by my own colleagues and those in the NHS. Ultimately I want this to spark new ideas that will help improve health outcomes and transform the lives of patients.”
Commenting, Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Supporting and developing new ideas has never really been a problem in that there have always been plenty of innovative ideas out there. The real problem has always been that the NHS has found it difficult to spread these ideas throughout the system. This guide will be a useful tool in helping build the foundations between the NHS and industry partners so, together, we can help create innovative new services to benefit patients.”
Joint working has already benefited thousands of patients across the UK, with projects contributing towards the reduction of COPD admissions, improving healthcare for diabetes patients and reducing heart disease.
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