Clinical Diploma, Supplementary and Independent Prescribing
Senior Clinical Pharmacist with Sunderland GP Alliance Federation and Health Education England Clinical Pharmacist Ambassador for the North
Social care issues impacting on a person’s mental and physical health.
Multi-professional and cross organisational working with the person at the centre. Training from GP’s and colleagues in understanding social care support and how to access it. An attitude of dealing as much as possible with the whole person and sign posting appropriately. If you don’t know, find out and get back to someone when you say you will.
General practice is general and not black and white – why you would not prescribe something is sometimes as important as why you would.
Think broadly and of the whole person. Listen to what’s important to them. Prescribing and making clinical decisions within your boundaries of practice and continuing to challenge this with the help of multi-professional colleagues to keep patients safe.
Keep the person at the centre, not being afraid to say you don’t know but will find out. Building relationships are key.
I am focusing on a pharmacy model beyond that trialed and tested through the general practice pharmacy pilot. Thinking about pharmacists of the future and supporting education, training and career development for pharmacy teams.
When a GP takes his holiday at the same time as you!
Implementing and developing a robust quality improvement audit and review process, keeping our patients as safe as we can, de-prescribing and proactively prescribing as appropriate – each medicine has an impact.
I’m at a cross road in my journey, as am sure many others are, between management and continuing in a clinical capacity. I really enjoy making a difference to peoples’ lives and championing the huge difference pharmacists embedded in general practice make and the importance of building relationships with other pharmacists and health and social care roles.
I am passionate about developing and supporting education and training and on-going clinical supervision for pharmacists to shape and adapt the profession for the changing roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Think broadly and not only focusing on medicines or health. Listen and the ability to communicate well with colleagues of all professions and roles and with patients their carers and families. Know your limitations and put a plan in place to build your skill set up safely to continue competence.
It is very refreshing to attend training specifically for pharmacists led by pharmacy experts in their field with the i2i resources to implement what you’ve learnt and make a difference to a person.
That one day pharmacists would be seen as core to delivering general practice.