Practice Based Clinical Pharmacist, Caerphilly East Neighbourhood Care Network, Wales
Lloyd Hambridge is a Cluster Pharmacist within the Caerphilly East Cluster of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and has worked within this capacity since the introduction of the role in 2015. He is an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber and has completed a Master’s degree project evaluating the new roles of pharmacists working within primary care clusters across Wales. In addition to this role, Lloyd works directly as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist for Blackwood Medical Group and within NHS 111 Wales as a Pharmacist Advisor.
‘Primary Care Cluster Pharmacist roles’
In Wales, primary care services have been split into ‘clusters’ incorporating healthcare organisations including general practices, social services and third sectors collaboratively working together to provide care for their local communities. Clusters across Wales have appointed pharmacists and their integration into primary care clusters has the potential to provide a solution to recruitment pressures and improve the safe, effective and prudent use of medicines in Wales. This presentation will outline the range of roles currently undertaken by cluster pharmacists in Wales as well as cluster lead general practitioner (GP) opinions on the impact of these roles.