RCGP Bright Ideas, 'Pioneer' Award winners 2019 RCGP Cluster Innovation Award winners, South Powys Cluster 2019
Medicines Management Team
In 2015 Red Kite introduced the role of the Pharmacy team in to the South Powys Practices. The team now consists of 4 Pharmacy technicians and 5 Pharmacists working from within the practices on a day to day basis. The team has drastically reduced the workload on the clinicians by dealing with all medicines reconciliations, hospital discharges and appropriate clinical letters. In addition to this, they deal with patient/carer/consultant queries, provide chronic disease clinics, and instant access for a range of clinical areas such as DMARD monitoring and warfarin control. They continually monitor drug use to optimise savings and are an integral part of the triage systems within the practices. 3 of the Pharmacists have undertaken their Independent Prescribing course which will allow them to prescribe certain medications to patients within their specialist areas. To date the team have been responsible for achieving over £860,000 of prescribing savings across the cluster.