So what can a pharmacist do in practice?
“After initial diagnosis and prescribing, every aspect of a patient’s care that is medicines related is within the remit of a Medacy practice pharmacist”
There have been pharmacists working in GP practices so some time. However, the last 12 months has seen significant investment by NHS England in GP practice pharmacists. In addition, individual practices and GP federations are realising the potential of engaging a practice pharmacist.
The rationale for employing a practice pharmacist falls into three categories:
1. Improving access
2. Improving quality
3. Improving prescribing efficiencies
Pharmacists can complete many of the medication-related tasks tradtionally carried out by GPs. This frees up more GP time for the patient facing roles which improves access for patients.
Pharmacists are ideally placed to ensure that prescribing choices follow best practice guidance and that they are followed in practice via robust medication review processes and clinical audit.
Very small, non-clinically significant changes can save the NHS a small fortune e.g. pregabalin dose optimisation. Making sure that this is happening in practice is part of the Medacy pharmacists day.
In practice, a Medacy Pharmacist can do all three roles as part of their role, keeping the practice, patients, CCG and CQC happy.
Click to see the results of a large study where Medacy recruited and supported 14 pharmacists in practice
As healthcare professionals we think that healthcare happerns in the GP practice, hospital or pharmacy but Sara Rigarres fantastic graphic shows that this is not the case.
In Sara’s example she generally sees her specialist for one hour per year and for the rest of the time, 8765 hours to be prescise, she’s on her own.
Supportive self-care has been a mantra in the NHS for some time and Sara’s graphic show s how imprortant that is.
The focus of Medacy practice pharmacists is to educate and support patients so they have all the knowledge they need to look after themselves.
They pro-actively support polypharmacy patients and those patients on potentially high-risk medication to keep them healthy happy and out of hospital