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:

Clinical services

  • 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

Prescription management

  • 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

Medicines management

  • 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
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