Models of care in action
Effective, joined-up care between pharmacists, GPs and hospitals and social care can help reduce the need for costly and intrusive medical treatment for people with long-term conditions.
The report highlighted several key areas that pharmacists could play a bigger role in to provide patients with a greater level of care. As you will see below, in many instances this is already happening.
Better care when patients are discharged from hospital
Lelly Oboh is a pharmacist in London, who is part of an innovative, mixed team of healthcare professionals. Her team works to ensure patients can return home as soon as possible and make sure they don't end up back in hospital unless absolutely necessary.
Better care alongside doctors at the GP surgery
Pharmacist Rena Amin is a partner at a GP practice in London. She has a caseload of people with long-term conditions. Rena's patients and GP colleagues benefit from her expertise, making sure people get the most out of their medicines and stay well.
Better direct patient care in the location that is most convenient for the patient
Rebecca Brown is a pharmacist in Brighton. She is part of an anti-coagulation service offered to patients who are taking warfarin. This benefits the patient for many reasons. It helps to prevent unnecessary risks such as stroke or a bleed, by checking they are on the correct dosage. It is also run in their community pharmacy so is easily accessible.