Lead Pharmacist Prescribing Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Scotland
Audrey Thompson took up her current post in 2018 after a succession of roles within prescribing support and governance. This post leads the development of pharmacy services to GP practices and mental health services within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC). Major areas of work include development of a pharmacotherapy service to support the Scottish General Medical Services Contract, ensuring systems are in place to maximise safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of prescribing, forecasting and review of primary care prescribing expenditure, and governance of non-medical prescribing. Audrey is chair of the Area Pharmaceutical Committee and, in 2016, was elected chair of the Area Clinical Forum. This responsibility confers a position as Non-Executive Director of NHSGGC. She is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
‘Pharmacy First: Inverclyde and beyond’
Inverclyde Health and Social care Partnership was a pilot site for a test of transformational change to develop a model of efficient, effective and sustainable multidisciplinary primary care team. The Inverclyde Pharmacy First project in community pharmacy provided an extended minor ailments scheme including treatments for common, uncomplicated conditions normally requiring a GP prescription. A separate pilot involved the provision of additional pharmacy resource to GP practices to support care of patients and free up GP time. This session will explore the work undertaken to deliver excellent pharmaceutical care to patients in both settings looking at how these maximise use of the pharmacists’ skills and direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional. This work has been well received by patients, by GPs and practice staff and by the pharmacy workforce and has also been shown to reduce GP workload.