Yuen, Raghad, Gulshan and Mandeep
Clinical pharmacists are increasingly working within our general practice teams. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help patients in a range of ways. This includes;
- Carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems or on multiple medications
- improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach.
- Work closely with the prescription team and with local pharmacies to help patients with all medicine-related queries.
- Dealing with medication changes for patients recently discharged from hospital.
A paramedic in primary care can recognise and manage the deteriorating patient and can manage patients with long term conditions, minor injuries, and minor illness. They can also support patients who require wound care, have fallen, have MSK problems, and have urinary tract or respiratory infections. Paramedics can supply a range of medicines through PGDs, including antibiotics and analgesics.
Paramedics can support PCNs in responding to on the day demand by offering Hear and Treat telephone triage or undertaking home visiting. They can also support practices to improve access to care by seeing minor ailments and injuries in surgery.
Mental Health Practitioner
A significant amount of time within primary care is spent on people who have mental health needs. The time that is needed to address these needs can be significant, and it is often more appropriate for the patient to see a skilled professional with training in mental health issues than other members of the team.
Mental health practitioners offer a range of face to face, remote & telephone consultations for patients with specific mental health needs.
Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their health and wellbeing.
Care co-ordinators help to co-ordinate and navigate care across the health and care system. They can support people to become more active in their own health and care and are skilled in assessing people’s changing needs. Care co-ordinators are effective in bringing together multidisciplinary teams to support people’s complex health and care needs.