About Clinical Pharmacists
It is important to understand that clinical pharmacists in primary care currently could be working at different stages of their professional development and hence may have very different role and responsibilities within their work places.
As the role of clinical pharmacists develops so as the responbilities they undertake e.g. advanced Clinical Pharmacist takes the lead, in their clinical area of expertise, for the delivery, co-ordination, expertise and clinical skills needed to provide care to people who would previously have required hospital-based treatment. Thus far, the role and responsibilities below gives the general sense of capabilities of pharmacist within primary care.
Clinical pharmacists plays a leading role in progressing medicines safety and optimisation across a mature PCN. They ensure that appropriate processes and procedures are in place to reduce risks of medicines harm and work with other healthcare professionals and patients to ensure that their medicines are right for them. They are involved in quality improvement initiatives targeted at their local populations, supporting the delivery of the QOF.