Video: NHS England invited us to be part of a nationwide case study about clinical pharmacists in GP practices. It features our surgery, where our clinical pharmacist Rachel Hall has been in place for over 9 years. The film explains the role of clinical pharmacists in general practice, clarifying when and why patients might see a clinical pharmacist: Watch video
I worked in community pharmacy and intermediate care before joining the practice full time in 2006 after qualifying as an independent prescriber. My main area of specialism is diabetes but I also see patients with other long term conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, COPD and asthma. I see all newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics and also those needing conversion to insulin injections. As well as running daily clinics I work as Clinical Manager within the practice.
I am often asked to speak at conferences about this unique role and a case study was included in the Pharmacy White Paper published in 2008. I have also written a chapter about Type 2 diabetes for a pharmacy textbook and am a regular columnist in the Clinical Pharmacist journal. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, skiing, cooking and exploring different countries.
I qualified as a pharmacist in 2011 and have spent the past 5 years as a hospital pharmacist where I completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy. I am new to general practice and have joined as part of an NHS England incentive to introduce more clinical pharmacists into general practice. As a clinical pharmacist I want to make sure people are getting the most benefit from their medicines so will run clinics to review medication and will be more than happy to answer any queries relating to medicines.
I am married with two small children and in my spare time I enjoy mountaineering, cycling and playing golf.