Practice pharmacist support
Primary care is facing an immediate and growing crisis with a reducing workforce
and rising demand. GPs and their teams are estimated to make 370m patient consultations
this year - 70m more than five years ago - due to an ageing population and more
patients being treated for long-term and complex conditions. As demand has risen
rapidly, the number of GPs in England has remained relatively stagnant.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
(RPS) have come up with plans to benefit from the availability and expertise of
practice pharmacists in a bid to ease current pressures in general practice and
address the severe shortage of GPs.
The initiative will improve patient safety and care and, crucially, reduce waiting
times for GP appointments.
PSS has received unprecedented demand from practices requiring the services of a
practice pharmacist. PSS is able to provide a fully managed pharmacist led service
model which supports practices with a cost effective solution to address the workload
associated with managing medicines related activity. We already provide a range
of primary care medicines optimisation services including care home and discharge
support services, medication review/reconciliation and our pharmacists are now also
supporting practices with patient facing activities including multiple morbidity
Having a pharmacist as part of the clinical team within a practice can relieve work
pressure on GPs to free up time to spend with patients with complex medical needs.
Our work has highlighted that GPs spend significant time managing prescribing, which
includes reviewing medicines, reconciliation of letters and discharge forms, addressing
patient compliance and managing repeat prescribing systems.
As well as practices benefiting from pharmacists supporting these activities, a
number of practices are also valuing the extended role they can perform. This can
include the management of care for people with self-limiting illnesses and those
with long term conditions, particularly where pharmacists have the ability to prescribe
independently. The value of commissioning pharmacist support also has an impact
on the wider practice team such as the reception team, nurses, students and trainees.
- Managing repeat prescribing
- Medication reviews
- Repeat reauthorisation
- Processing hospital discharge summaries and letters
- Responding to acute prescription requests
- Deprescribing of unused and unnecessary items
- Complex polypharmacy reviews
- Complex chronic disease reviews
- Medication queries from clinicians, practice team, patients
- GP registrar/medical student education
Benefits of commissioning the PSS Service
- Dedicated pharmacist attached to the practice
- Practice input into candidate selection.
- Change management support inc training for practice staff and all materials .
- Cover for extended absence and sickness.
- Initial training and induction and ongoing CPD.
- Access to senior clinical support, training, protocols and SOPs.
- Scalable solution inc full time if required.
- No upfront costs to the practice e.g. recruitment, advertising.
To discuss how a practice pharmacist could support your practice call us on 01274
299536 or email email@example.com