Successful services operate with the support of local prescribers and people using them.
It’s important when designing services to work collaboratively with prescribers, people, carers and family members.
It’s also important to consider and support the efficient and effective working in both the pharmacy and the practice.
Collaboration with the practice team is essential. If there’s a pharmacist at the practice, consider suggesting a meeting to discuss:
- How you can work together to share information
- How you can deal with repeat medicine requests in the best way
- The services you offer including NHS and non-NHS repeat medication services
Responsibilities and workload can be distributed better as you have different strengths that can be brought together to benefit the person needing the medicine. For example, community pharmacists will have knowledge on the person needing the medicine and their ordering patterns and knowledge of the services. Practice pharmacists will have access to medical records, the prescriber, and have a better understanding of GP practice preferences.
Reviewing people’s medicines regularly is essential by both community pharmacist, practice pharmacists or prescriber
The Scottish Government has indicated that in Scotland managed repeat medicines schemes should only be used in exceptional circumstances with the agreement of the GP practice and person or their carer.