Clinical pharmacists boost GP services for Trafford patients and practices

Six pharmacists have been placed in GP Surgeries across Trafford in a bid to improve access to healthcare in the heart of the community, reduce GP clinical workloads and help patients get the most out of their medication through enhancing the quality and efficiency of prescribing.

The three year project is being funded jointly between NHS England, Trafford Primary Health and NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group’s New Models of Primary Care project.

The pharmacists joined practices in February, with a further four expected to start in the summer.

Before starting work with participating practices, each pharmacist underwent a four week long extensive clinical induction with the CCG’s medicines optimisation team and participating GP practices. Ongoing clinical training will be supported by the Centre for Pharmacy Post-Graduate Education, based at the University of Manchester, including eventually being able to prescribe medication to patients, freeing up vital GP workloads.

The clinical pharmacists will work in general practice as part of the primary care multi-disciplinary team. As part of their multifaceted role, they will use their expert knowledge of medicines in specific disease areas to clinically assess and treat patients. They will be able to prescribe medicines or be in training to do so and will take responsibility for patients with some acute illness, chronic diseases and also carry out clinical medication reviews to proactively help patients with many complex medications, especially the elderly, people in care homes and those with co-morbidities, or many other illnesses.

Haseeb Khan, one of the pharmacists placed in Primary Care as part of the first phase of the initiative, said: “We are really excited to be pioneering the role for pharmacists in GP practice in Trafford.”

Rebecca Demaine, Acting Director of Commissioning at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to support GP practices and bring more and better quality and access to healthcare into the community as an early part of the New Models of Primary Care.”

Clincal Pharmacists in GP Practices

Picture L to R: Pharmacists Alex Yusuf, Fari Nzuma, Emma Price, Farhana Patel and Haseeb Khan