Lead for Community Pharmacy Development & Governance, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Scotland
David Thomson qualified as a pharmacist from the then Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology in the last millennium and spent his formative years in community pharmacies across Scotland, culminating in his appointment as a Primary Care Services Manager for a large multiple covering Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. In 1999 he was appointed Director of Pharmacy for the Primary Care Trust in NHS Greater Glasgow and continues in a similar capacity in his current role. David is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a previous recipient of the Society’s Charter Award. He is a past member of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board and the Assembly and immediate past Treasurer. A strong advocate for the Society, he is particularly vocal on the benefits of membership. David is proud to have been associated with Pharmacy Management for nigh on the past 20 years and continues to be actively involved through the Editorial and Scottish Boards. Above all, he is a passionate enthusiast for community pharmacy and continues to advise the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government on such matters.
David is presenting Urgent provision of repeat prescriptions by community pharmacists using national PGD's.
Pharmacists routinely deal with interim measures to maintain continuity of supply of essential medicines when a patient inadvertently find themselves without medication for a variety of reasons - be they lost, consumed by the family pet, etc. The limiting factor is having access to a medical prescriber to issue a repeat prescription. Under the banner of 'unscheduled care' community pharmacists have the autonomy to issue a further repeat cycle of most medicines with the associated costs and fees reimbursed on submission of the pharmacist's prescription for payment. This interactive session describes the process and how the various obstacles and challenges to the concept were overcome to establish this key element of pharmaceutical care.