The Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) was set up in October 2016 to drive the greater use of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in new, integrated local care models.
The initiatives provide opportunities for pharmacy teams to spend more time delivering safe and effective clinical services and health improvement for their patients; work in a variety of NHS settings as part of an integrated local primary care team; and to be supported by improved technology.
The PhIF is currently providing support to the following workstreams:
- Education and development in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE)
- The NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) where urgent medication requests to NHS 111 are sent to a community pharmacy instead of an Out-of-Hours GP
- The Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS) which directs patients with certain minor health concerns from NHS111 to a pharmacy instead of a GP
- Pharmacists in integrated urgent care
- Medicines optimisation in care homes
- System leadership development
- Stay Well Pharmacy campaign run in February and March 2018
- Support for the General Practice Forward View initiative to integrate clinical pharmacists in general practices.
In the 2016/17 financial year, approximately £216,000 was spent on the PhIF. In the 2017/18 financial year, the total spend was approximately £12.2 million and the funding commitment for the 2018/19 financial year is £40 million.
All programmes are informed by ongoing stakeholder engagement and patient and public involvement.
The governance of the fund is overseen by an NHS England Pharmacy Integration Oversight Group including representation from CCGs, NHS England regions, general practice, patients and carers, Department of Health, Health Education England and Public Health England.