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Clinical pharmacists in South Kent Coast practices

Up to 4. Develop the team
December 13. 2018

Five clinical pharmacists are working across six GP practices in the South Kent Coast area to improve services for patients. These clinical pharmacists are all employed by Invicta Health, a community interest company owned by GPs in east Kent, which is overseeing this existing pilot project that NHS England has helped fund.

The clinical pharmacist working at Martello Medical Practice in Dymchurch has been able to work with local care home staff to help develop medication care plans to ensure the best possible treatment and care for their residents with complex care needs. This proactive approach to the management of their care and medication has helped reduce the number of residents from these care homes that need to be admitted to hospital.

In addition, the clinical pharmacists support GP practices with the administration of clinical documents and the results of investigations into a patient’s condition. The clinical pharmacists are being trained to screen correspondence received from hospitals about the care of individual patients, to ensure any necessary follow-up actions are completed by the patient’s GP practice and to make sure any complex cases are brought to the attention of GPs.

Two of the clinical pharmacists working as part of this project are also trained to directly prescribe medicines for patients.
The pilot project has helped bring these GP practices together to share their experience of developing the role of the clinical pharmacist within their teams, so that they can learn from one another for the benefit of their patients.

More information about this work can be found at https://invictahealth.co.uk/provide/clinical-pharmacists/

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