Today sees the launch of a new ABPI quick start reference guide on Joint Working which has been developed in response to feedback gathered from our members and NHS partners.

Joint Working - A Quick Start Reference Guide for NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry Partners

The guide titled Joint Working – A Quick Start Reference Guide for NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry Partners aims to address the challenges that can arise when initiating Joint Working projects.

Joint Working has already benefited thousands of patients across the UK with projects assisting in the reduction of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) admissions, improvements in vascular checkups and improved outcomes for diabetes patients. The ABPI hopes this guide will help overcome barriers that may prevent further improvements in patient care as the result of Joint Working.

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 you overcome those challenges whether you are an NHS or industry professional."

The backbone to the guide is a simple seven step flow chart that maps the journey of a Joint Working project from the idea generation stage to the development of a Joint Working agreement. It has also been developed to complement the existing materials available to support Joint Working such as the Department of Health's Moving beyond sponsorship toolkit and ABPI guidance notes on Joint Working.

The guide was compiled using a wide range of experience from ABPI members and is also supported by the Department of Health and NHS Confederation.

Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, added:

"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."

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