Pharmacist role in the GP practices is a good examples of innovative practice in primary care that integrate the skills of pharmacists as part of coordinated care to improve patient outcomes and safety whilst also reducing prescribing and downstream care costs.
Pharmacist role is delivered in a number of ways:
- Enhanced role for the pharmacist in a community pharmacy through arrangements for sessional working within GP practices or care homes.
- Partnership with GP surgeries.
Pharmacists work very closely with GPs within our network and placed to support their fellow professionals and improve the quality of care for patients by :
- Working with GPs and patients to address medicine adherence.
- Reviewing patients on complex medicine regimens.
- Triaging and managing common ailments.
- Responding to acute medicine requests.
- Managing and prescribing for long-term conditions (often with the practice nurses).
- Dealing with medication for patients recently discharged from hospital.
- Helping the practice deliver on the QIPP ( Quality Indicators) and QOF (Quality Outcome Frame work) agenda and enhanced services
- Delivering repeat prescription reviews.
- Being the point of contact for all medicine-related queries
- Overseeing the practice’s repeat prescription policy.
- Taking over clinical medicines reviews from GPs.
- Audit and education.
- Medicines management.
In dispensing practices, pharmacists can take responsibility for the business management of the dispensary.