Lead Pharmacist – Unscheduled Care, Antrim Area Hospital, Northern Ireland
Mark McCrudden registered with the Pharmaceutical Society in 2009 and joined the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in 2010 as a clinical pharmacist. He has worked in two GP surgeries as a specialist case management pharmacist, as part of a four centre project examining the input of a clinical pharmacist into patient care. He has been in his current role as Lead Pharmacist for Unscheduled Care since 2017 and runs a pharmacist led anticoagulation clinic in primary care once a week.
‘Case management in GP practices’
The role of the pharmacist is changing across primary and secondary care. Pharmacists are increasingly being involved in medication reviews and the management of complex patients. Within the last two years, GP practices in 4 centres across the UK undertook a study in which clinical pharmacists managed a caseload of complex patients with the aim of improving patient outcomes by the rationalisation of their medications and reduction of medication related incidents. The project was carried out in collaboration with Queens University Belfast and the ABPI. This presentation will discuss an overview of the specialist pharmacist case management role, how pharmacists can input into patient care within GP practices and the potential roles available in the future.