Go on David, Surprise Us!
Pharmacies are a hugely under-utilised resource within the NHS. To change this, there must be more ambition amongst policy makers, commissioners of services, and government ministers. Their attitudes show that pharmacy has been misplaced in the healthcare scheme; there are so many ways that we could help further
We can save the government money on various fronts if they were to use our full pharmaceutical skills. If we actually had the pharmaceutical care management of the individual, including access to their records, then we could take care of them fully which would eventually save the NHS money when it comes to drugs usage. Pharmacies support better compliance, for example with asthma treatment to make sure that patients use their inhalers correctly. This has a knock-on effect and could save that patient from having to visit a hospital further down the line, which then relieves further pressure on that NHS service.
Services like this may seem small, but allowing pharmacy to take on that responsibility would have a positive impact which has not yet been acknowledged by the powers-that-be. We must be trusted and invested in to deliver more of the clinical services that pharmacists are capable of.
We should be more integrated with our healthcare colleagues so that we can contribute towards the care of the patient in a holistic way. There has been a lot of fuss recently about how social care is the other side of the coin to healthcare. Actually, community pharmacies are part of that same ecosystem of care, which also encompasses GPs, hospitals, district nursing and allied health professionals.…