ABPI launches joint working guide

 A new quick-start reference guide to joint working to help address potential barriers to NHS/industry collaboration has been launched.

The ABPI guide maps the journey of identifying and establishing joint working projects, and offers guidance on how to implement, monitor and evaluate their success.

Stephen Whitehead, ABPI Chief Executive, said the guide aims to overcome “challenges whether you are an NHS or industry professional”.

The guide, Joint Working – A Quick Start Reference Guide for NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry Partners, was developed by combining materials published by the ABPI and the DH.

It was created in response to feedback from ABPI members and NHS partners to tackle typical challenges faced when developing joint working schemes.

The flowchart structure offers advice across the life cycle of a joint working project, from idea generation through to approval, recommendations and evaluation.

Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said the guide would be a “useful tool in helping build the foundations between the NHS and industry partners”.

Thousands of patients across the UK have already benefited from joint working between industry and the health service. The ABPI now hopes the guide will help stakeholders overcome any future obstacles that may prevent improvements in patient care as a result of joint working.