Primary Care Pharmacists

Primary Care Pharmacists

In a move that saw us shortlisted for an HSJ Primary Care Innovation Award in 2014, we have equipped our NHS General Practices with an on-site Primary Care Pharmacist (PCP) service. Thanks to this innovative service we’re now able to offer our patients advice on self-management of chronic conditions, regular health checks and improved drug management. The service has also proven to be a vital link within the on-site staffing teams, offering General Practice a wealth of pharmaceutical knowledge, extra consulting capacity and expert advice on medicine wastage and over use.

Our Pharmacists also liaise with secondary care institutions to ensure the proper continuation of patient medication – improving patient treatment and outcomes. The service has proven to be a great success, with our GPs reporting improvements in patients’ health outcomes, improved patient satisfaction ratings, better access to healthcare, QIPP/QOF optimisation and even reduced A & E admissions.

Some of our services:

  • Develop new Pharmacist-Led clinics within General Practice, community services and walk-in centres
  • Resolve day-to-day medicines and prescription issues with healthcare professionals
  • Liaise with primary, secondary and community care colleagues to ensure medicines follow-up on transfer of care
  • Respond to patient discharge from hospital, liaising with local pharmacies to improve patient outcomes
  • Work with General Practice to provide clinical medicines advice to care homes and domiciliary care teams
  • Run chronic disease and common ailment clinics and liaise with GPs and practice nurses on changes of medicines
  • Detect early deterioration in patients’ conditions through dedicated chronic disease clinics
  • Help patients manage their own conditions
  • Lead practice repeat prescription services and deal with queries from reception staff and patients
  • Provide GPs and nurses with improved pharmaceutical understanding
  • Monitor vulnerable, elderly and housebound patients
  • Support a programme of medicines review within practice – suggesting alternatives and helping to reduce medication overuse and wastage
  • Educate and train GPs and other practitioners on complex prescribing problems
  • Lead on high risk prescribing to ensure safety e.g. patients on methotrexate and warfarin
  • Rationalise repeat prescriptions lists to avoid waste and duplication
  • Perform prescribing audits
  • Engage with the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda and support the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF)
  • Helping practices prepare for CQC visits

The benefits of working with an in-practice pharmacist

Pharmacist Ravi Sharma and GP Dr Jane Muir-Taylor explain the advantages of employing an in-practice pharmacist and how this model could be the future for general practice … read more

Ravi Sharma talking to the BBC about PCPs…

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