Overview of GP pharmacists programme
Clinical pharmacists are increasingly working as part of general practice teams. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems and improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach. The roles also aim to improve links with community pharmacists and improve communication and ensure a more seamless transfer between the hospital and community.
What is happening in South Southwark?
IHL has a team of clinical pharmacists and technicians that work within our GP practices in south Southwark. The team has expanded over the past few years and currently we have 13 pharmacists and three pharmacy technicians (provide various medicines related support) who work within our local practices. Our pharmacist team support people with a range of needs which are described at the bottom of this page.
Our PCN is committed to training and developing students, providing them with opportunities to work in our local area – this strengthens our workforce and attracts staff to South Southwark. So the team also support trainee pharmacists and technicians.
When will I see a GP pharmacist?
You will see a clinical pharmacist when you need expert advice on your medicines. If your condition needs diagnosing, you will usually see a GP first, who may then refer you on to a practice nurse or clinical pharmacist. Below are some examples of how a clinical pharmacist can help:
If you have a condition such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure, the clinical pharmacist can discuss the medicines you’re taking to make sure they’re working for you. They can also help you with lifestyle changes to help you manage your condition.
Experiencing side effects
If you are experiencing side effects from your medicines, you and the clinical pharmacist can discuss this and work together to find a solution, such as changing your medicine or the dosage. If you are taking a number of different medicines, the clinical pharmacist can help make sure they are working well together.
Reviewing your medicines
If you are taking medicines over the long-term, you should be seen for a review at least once a year. The clinical pharmacist can review all your medicines, discuss how they are working for you and carry out health checks, such as taking your blood pressure. They can also arrange for you to have blood or other 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 ensure you get the maximum benefit from these medicine. We advise you to always consult a doctor when using new medications.
Watch a short video about clinical pharmacists in general practice to learn more
To find your local pharmacy, please visit NHS: Find a pharmacy.
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