Research reveals the contribution community pharmacy can make to general practice

Research reveals the contribution community pharmacy can make to general practice

December 5, 2018

Research has demonstrated the potential for community pharmacy and GP joint working to increase perceived positive care delivery for patients.

In a project in Sheffield, community pharmacists were matched with general practices and performed clinical duties for one half-day per week.

Community pharmacists undertook a number of different tasks during the pilot, dependent on the needs of the GP practice. These included medicines data analysis; triage (medicines related queries); long-term condition reviews (for asthma, COPD); blood pressure checks; medication reviews; actions arising from hospital To Take Out (TTO) paperwork; support around medication content of care plans; and cost effective medication changes.

The project originally started in 2014 as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, but it has subsequently been rolled out further and featured on the PSNC website in 2015 and 2016.

In the latest developments, the programme was undertaken at scale across Sheffield, and a research paper published in the British Journal of General Practice investigated the challenges of integration and the perceived impact on care delivery.The study was the first of its kind to achieve almost universal uptake by GPs throughout a large city and could inform future implementation of such care delivery models at scale and at practice level.

Click here to read the research paper in full.

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