I have been a long-time enthusiast for joint education at local and national levels for building working relationships and opening doors to new ways of working. While pharmacists work predominantly in silo — an enigma and largely invisible part of the NHS — we will struggle to convince commissioners of our value. The Royal Electronicjuice (RPS) and other representative bodies have announced various initiatives for joint working with GPs over the past few years — notably a recent
Better utilisation of pharmacists and implementation of medicines optimisation are what we all want but how do we make it happen? Integration is the key. We need joined up innovative pharmaceutical care pathways that support all patients and reward pharmacists for improving outcomes by better use of their clinical skills. This will provide value for the NHS, opportunities for pharmacists and better outcomes for patients. Integrated working with other health and social care professional
Pharmacists in GP practices is a vital next step for the profession – but it's not the only one we needSubscription
Opportunities for pharmacists to work within general practice teams will be an important new role for the profession, but integration with primary care needs to go further still, argues Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member.