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What is a Clinical Pharmacist from a General Practice Perspective
Clinical Pharmacists within General Practice aims to enhance patient care by integrating Clinical Pharmacists, who are medicines experts, into the Practice Team. The Clinical Pharmacists will deliver direct patient care and work with the wider practice team to improve quality and safety. They will use their skills to help people manage minor illnesses, get the most benefit from their medicines and effectively manage their long-term conditions. Such a role could in turn relieve pressure on GPs and free up their time to manage patients with more complex or acute illnesses. By employing Clinical Pharmacists, many Practices have been able to:
Reduce waiting times for appointments
Increase access to healthcare
Improve screenings and diagnosis of chronic and common ailments
Reduce A&E admissions
Reduce the wastage and overuse of medicines.
Save GP locum costs.
A Clinical Pharmacist's Responsibilities
The below lists some ways which Clinical Pharmacists can help in your practice.
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 nurse).
Holding minor ailment clinics.
Dealing with medication for patients recently discharged from hospital.
Helping the practice deliver on the QIPP and QOF 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.
In dispensing practices, pharmacists can take responsibility for the business management of the dispensary.
What is a Clinical Pharmacist from a Patient Perspective?
Clinical pharmacists are health professionals who train for many years to become specialists in medicines. They can work directly with you as part of the GP team to make sure your medicines help you to get better and stay well.
Having a Clinical Pharmacist in the GP team means you can be treated by the best person to meet your needs. All pharmacists are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
When will I see a clinical pharmacist?
You may need to see a GP first to find out what your illness is and the GP may ask you to see a Clinical Pharmacist. This will be to ensure you receive the expert advice on your medicines. Below are some examples of how a Clinical Pharmacist can help:
Long term conditions
If you have a long term condition, the clinical pharmacist can talk to you about the medicines you are taking to make sure they are working for you.
Long term conditions are things like asthma, type 2 diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure.
They can also help you make changes to your life to help you stay well.
Having side effects
If your medicine is making you feel bad, the clinical pharmacist can help by changing your medicine or changing how much medicine you are taking.
If you take a few different medicines, the clinical pharmacist can help you make sure they are all working well together.
Checking your medicines
If you are taking medicines for a long time, you will need to have them checked at least once a year.
The clinical pharmacist can check all your medicines and talk to you about how the medicines are working for you.
They can also do health checks like taking your blood pressure or making appointments for you to have other tests, like blood tests.
After a stay in hospital
If your medicines have been changed while you were in hospital, the clinical pharmacist can help explain these changes and make sure the medicines are working well for you.
You will see a clinical pharmacist in a private room, just like when you see a GP or a practice nurse.
If you see a clinical pharmacist, you will still be able to see your GP if you need to.
Clinical pharmacists may be able to prescribe your medicines in the same way as your doctor.
Clinical pharmacists can work together with pharmacists in other parts of the healthcare system such as the hospital or community pharmacy.
A clinical pharmacist does not give you your medicines. You have to collect your medicines from a community pharmacy in the usual way.
Please find below details on the course pathway and entry requirements for a Pharmacist
Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway - this is for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
Exemption guidance for the Primary care pharmacy education pathway
Clinical pharmacists in general practice education pathway
Please see details of the entry requirements to practice as a Pharmacist on the NHSE website:
The Black Country and West Birmingham Training Hub are looking to recruit to a Pharmacy Ambassador Role to work alongside the Taining Hub Team to provide clinical expertise to help shape and to contribute to workforce transformation within the area.
The aim is that the Pharmacist Ambassador will provide clinical advice and guidance on the development of the projects and will be a strong link into Pharmacy Workforce to achieve the following outcomes:
To enhance and support the delivery of the planned Pharmacy Network across the STP.
To develop relationships with other Pharmacy Professionals across the STP to support the integration and strengthen working relationships between Clinical Pharmacists in PCNs in order to improve patient outcomes, better access and support general practice workload.
To provide clinical expertise to develop a Training Hub offer that supports PCNs with the recruitment of Clinical Pharmacists.
Provide Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists with support, advice and encouragement and promote the peer mentoring offer to increase uptake.
Support the development of a training needs analysis for Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists.
Provide support and advice in developing a Primary Care Pharmacy Training Forum for the STP and identify areas for Pharmacist’s development.
Ensure that Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists feel valued as a key part of the Primary Care Workforce across the STP.
Ensure the Clinical Pharmacist voice is heard within STP meetings.
To ensure that Clinical Pharmacists working within PCNs do not feel isolated and have a voice in more strategic discussions.
If you are considering employing a Clinical Pharmacist, please see the following documentation for your information:
- A guide for GPs considering employing a pharmacists from the Primary Care Pharmacy Association
Please see below useful job descriptions and person specifications if you are considering employing a Pharmacist within your Practice;
Please see the following links which provide useful resources for the role of a Clinical Pharmacist for your information:
The General Practice Pharmacist Training Pathway Handbook https://www.cppe.ac.uk/learningdocuments/pdfs/gpptp%20pathway%20handbook.pdf
The Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Education Pathway, which provides the opportunity to download many different handbooks useful for supervision and support : https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/cpgpe/pathway-handbooks
- Case studies to review from the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) website: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/cpgpe/case-studies#gpptpMenu
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