Although the study indicated that progress was being made with the provision of the new service, the numbers of MURs provided represented less than 7 per cent of the allocated maximum funding. Despite being two-thirds of the way through the second year of the service, the MUR provision is still only at 8 per cent of its allocated budget.
The research has shown where action is needed to make more effective use of the MUR service. A number of barriers to provision were identified including:
- Lack of clarity about what constitutes an MUR.
- Complexity of the documentation required for MURs and the fact that the confidential information could not be transmitted electronically to GPs.
- A lack of integration of the work of community pharmacy and general practice.
- A substantial gap between the number of pharmacists accredited to provide MURs and the number claiming payments.
- Only half of the Primary Care Organisations surveyed had a strategy for medicines review and just over a half of these included community pharmacists in their strategy.
MIMS MUR guides
MIMS has produced a number of guides for pharmacists to assist them with MURs, including a fact pack on asthma produced in conjunction with Asthma UK and the PSNC.
To find out more and request your copy email firstname.lastname@example.org