RPS in Scotland launches policy on care for people with long term conditions

RPS in Scotland has published its policy document on the role of pharmaceutical care for people with long term conditions (LTCs). The document outlines how we think pharmacist led care of people with long term conditions could deliver better results and be more cost effective.


The policy focuses on the essential role of the pharmacist as part of a multidisciplinary approach to tackling the challenges facing the NHS in providing the highest quality care and support for people with long term conditions.


This Scottish document is part of the wider RPS campaign supporting people with long term conditions, and follows the launch of the English and Welsh versions earlier last month.
Commenting on the launch of the LTC campaign, John McAnaw, Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board said:  "This campaign gives us a great opportunity to further promote the role of the pharmacist in caring for people with long term conditions, and clearly outlines what is needed to allow further 'added value' in the delivery of frontline care. Wherever pharmacists are practicing, they should have a greater role and profile in the delivery of care to people with long term conditions, and I look forward to engaging with the Scottish Government and fellow health professions in enabling this to happen.
“With an increasing number of people living with one or multiple long term condition(s) in Scotland, we already know that the pharmacist's expertise in the use medicines and in supporting self-management strategies can help people achieve the right outcomes from treatment. However more can be done, and if pharmacists are given the right tools, support and access to the clinical information they need they will help maximise patient outcomes. I want to see these recommendations being taken forward in Scotland, so that people with long term conditions benefit further from the knowledge and expertise their pharmacist can offer as part of the wider care team."   


For more details on the RPS long term conditions campaign, please visit our dedicated page, follow our updates on Twitter using #RPSLTC and feel free to join the conversation there.