A view from the Highlands – snap shots of the big picture
“The quality of what Pharmacy Management is putting on is simply streets ahead of anything else I’m seeing at the moment. Keep up the good work!”
Noel Wicks, Managing Director, Right Medicine Pharmacy Ltd, Stirling
|Satellite||A view from the Highlands – snap shots of the big picture|
|Speakers||Ian Rudd, Director of Pharmacy, NHS Highlands, Claire Morrison, Senior Clinical Quality Lead, NHS Near Me & NHS Highlands, Catriona Innes, Lead Pharmacist Academic Practitioner, Highland Pharmacy Education & Research Centre (HPERC) and Karen Macaskill, Pharmacist - Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, NHS Highlands.|
The presentation will highlight the advances made within primary care pharmacy services across NHS Highland. It will touch on developments in patient facing services, electronic communication, data analysis and education and training. It will also discuss the application of lean management principles to ensure staff work in fulfilling roles allowing them to work to their full potential.
Pharmacy Anywhere started with a problem: NHS Highland has a large remote and rural area, and a need to provide pharmaceutical care for patients of dispensing practices. Recruitment of pharmacists in remote areas is challenging, and asking pharmacists to drive to these locations is a waste of their professional time. So NHS Highland turned to telehealth. Pharmacy Anywhere uses two forms of telehealth to deliver pharmaceutical care: remote access to medical records and remote consulting with patients at home. Patients receive a medication review with a pharmacist who ensures their medicines are safe and effective by providing advice and using prescribing to change medicines where necessary. The result is a service that is not only a solution for rural areas but also a way to provide sustainability to pharmaceutical care services everywhere. It delivers a more responsive service and enables pharmacists to live and work exactly where they want. Most importantly, it’s a service that patients like.