In early 2023, we plan to pilot (in a TOP SECRET location!) our:
‘Early Intervention Community Pharmacy Sleep Support’ service.
This new pharmacist-led clinical service will help people with suspected sleep issues access appropriate care at the earliest possible opportunity.
Utilising an evidence-based approach the sleep-trained pharmacist will assess, screen, recognise and facilitate care for:
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS)
Our intention is to pilot what we consider are realistic pharmacy-led clinical services. Services that a sleep-trained pharmacy team could and should offer right now; and assess the impact of these proposed services in terms that are currently measured (not creating new metrics).
With regard to insomnia, we foresee ‘complete episodes of care‘ for many patients.
- Provide earliest possible sleep support, in what is typically the most accessible setting (namely the community pharmacy)
- Assess and signpost patients to appropriate care (not just the GP!)
- Facilitate (where appropriate) home sleep apnoea testing and/or cognitive behavioural therapy at an earlier time in the patient’s journey
We don’t expect to get it 100% right immediately
That would mean we have nothing to learn!
And would be rather boring (yawn).
We absolutely expect problems.
We want to uncover the bugs, including how this is paid for. We want to build the connections, open up the dialogue and drive change for the better. Systems and processes need joining up to benefit the patient and save the NHS and the patient money.
If you’d like to know more and offer evidence-based sleep services in your pharmacy, then please get in touch, we absolutely want to help you – to help people. We want to work with anyone in any organisation or body that can influence this positively.