A project which sees specialist clinical pharmacists support local GPs is being hailed as the way forward for primary care.
The ‘New Ways of Working’ (nWoW) project in Inverclyde brings together clinical pharmacists with local GPs and primary care services to provide patients with support by taking on key medicines-related activities within GP practices.
These activities include dealing with medications on hospital discharge, medicine requests and queries, and polypharmacy reviews.
nWoW in Inverclyde has proved successful in freeing up GP time and capacity to support more complex patients, and has had a positive effect on medicines safety and on staff morale.
It has also enabled more people who receive multiple medicines – polypharmacy - to be reviewed, to get the best out of their medicines and where appropriate reduce the number of medicines they need to take.
Under the new GP contract in Scotland, pharmacists and technicians now form the foundation for the pharmacotherapy service, providing an important function in supporting patients with their medicines. The results from Inverclyde nWoW project is helping to develop this service.
Margaret Maskrey, Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership and one of the leads for the project, said: ‘Our evaluation shows that patients like it as do GPs and practice staff, and the pharmacy teams are positive about their opportunities to contribute further to patient care as part of the multidisciplinary team.’
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