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Pharmacist working with LTC patients

Pharmacists can provide screening services and additional services to patients already diagnosed with long-term conditions (LTCs), thereby reducing the number of GP appointments and unscheduled hospital admissions.

Pharmacists can provide screening services and additional services to patients already diagnosed with long-term conditions (LTCs), thereby reducing the number of GP appointments and unscheduled hospital admissions.



Job description

Pharmacists can provide additional services including advice on lifestyle changes and symptom management, helping develop personal care plans, medication reviews, monitoring therapy and even prescribing and making adjustments to therapy.

Potential recruits

Pharmacists with a background in primary care, community or hospital pharmacy.

Training and accreditation

Pharmacists can undertake further training in specific areas such as substance misuse. These are accredited by bodies other than the RPSGB and training courses for local enhanced services are accredited by PCTs.

An increasing number of pharmacists are completing the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which enables them to become independent prescribers and to provide enhanced services for LTC patients.

A Department of Health-led initiative is developing 14 specialty-specific frameworks for Pharmacists with a Special Interest (PhSI). This will provide standardised accreditation for pharmacists who have a generalist role but want to provide more specialised services within the community.

Salary

£45,000-£65,000

Postholder's verdict

Community pharmacist Niall Murray trained as an independent prescriber specialising in respiratory care and now provides services to patients with asthma and COPD in Ashford, Kent.

‘It is really about trying to provide the most intensive care in the least intensive setting. Patients with long-term conditions tend to use the one pharmacy for the preponderance of their pharmaceutical care,' he says.

Pharmacist working with LTC patients Further information

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing; Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Primary Care Contracting (scroll down to pharmacy PBC bulletin – building capacity through pharmacy)
National Prescribing Centre

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