As part of Phase 2 of the Department of Health’s Clinical Pharmacists for General Practice pilot, we were able to secure 3 clinical pharmacists post. They have now been in post for a while and have become a familiar person in a Patient facing role delivering services as part of the General Practice team and the wider Primary Care community.
Clinical pharmacists work as part of the General Practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medications and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.
Having clinical pharmacists in GP Practices means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with complex conditions. This helps GPs manage the demands on their time.