PCC has published a collection of case studies from the clinical pharmacists in general practice programme, illustrating the benefits gained by some of the nearly 600 practices taking part. These include savings of GP time, cost savings and better outcomes for patients, particularly those with complex conditions taking several different medicines a day. PCC facilitators provided development support to ensure the new posts were successfully embedded in the existing practice workforce – an experience that involved practices in collaboration and thinking through the consequences of change, equipping them to deal with other changes likely to come their way. Download the PDF from the link above. For more information about PCC support for general practice contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “practice development”.
Sunderland’s approach to the piloting of clinical pharmacy in practice puts the emphasis on teamwork, mutual support and looking to the long term.
Megan Blythe, senior clinical pharmacist with Sunderland GP Alliance and one of those working in a practice as part of the pilot, says that the federation’s over-arching role could provide a model for others to follow.
In November 2015, North Staffordshire GP Federation was successful in its bid to take part in the pilot programme for clinical pharmacists in general practice. Lucy Minshull, who provides management support for the federation describes the progress made over the following year.