Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy professionals are increasingly working in multidisciplinary teams in general practice. They work in a variety of clinical and non-clinical capacities.
What does a practice based pharmacy professional do?
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Practice based pharmacy professionals must follow medicines optimisation and NICE Medicines Optimisation Guidelines.
Within these, they may provide:
- Work closely with GPs and other surgery clinicians to resolve day-to-day medicines issues
- Consult with patients for medication reviews
- Manage and prescribe for long-term conditions
- Triage and manage common ailments
- Respond to acute medicine requests
- Take part in multidisciplinary case reviews
- Work with the practice team to deliver repeat prescription reviews
- Point of contact for medicines-related queries for healthcare professionals and patients
- Liaise with other services to make sure patients receive the correct medicines when they move between care providers
Audit and education
- Implement systems to monitor medicines use
- Lead audits and quality improvements programmes involving medicines
- Contribute to clinical education of other healthcare professionals
- Work with GPs and practices nurses to agree and manage practice formularies. These should improve the choice and cost effectiveness of medicines
- Implement NICE guidance through:
- audit and feedback
- formulary management
- educational sessions with the healthcare team and patients