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 11 years. The film linked below explains the role of clinical pharmacists in general practice, clarifying when and why patients might see a clinical pharmacist:
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.
My background is in community pharmacy having worked in this area for more than 20 years. I spent 7 years at Old School Pharmacy so many patients will recognise me from there. I trained as an independent pharmacist prescriber in 2016 with a specialism in asthma management. My role at the surgery allows me a lot of variety so, as well as seeing asthma patients, I carry out general medication reviews, telephone triage, medication queries and am now managing more patients with hypertension. Most of my spare time is taken up with my family but I also enjoy travelling, eating out and reading a good crime novel.
Prior to joining the practice I was based in an outpatient pharmacy in the hospital setting, following some time as a clinical governance pharmacist and working within both the community and hospital sectors after becoming qualified in 2007. I will be carrying out medication reviews and dealing with medication queries. In my spare time my main interests are running and reading, otherwise I am exploring the outdoors with my young sons.