Journal of Pharmacy Management - July 2019

Journal of Pharmacy Management • Volume 35 • Issue 3 • July 2019 110 Question: What is your job title? Answer: Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner but this includes my role as a Psychiatric Liaison Team Pharmacist. What are your main responsibilities/duties? Psychiatry Liaison Teams (PLTs) exist within general hospitals to provide a service to individuals who may become psychiatrically unwell during admission or may have pre- existing issues that require assessment or intervention. My role within the PLT is to offer advice on medication-based issues such as initiation, switching or ceasing psychotropic medications and to liaise with the inpatient team. I’m also in place to counsel individuals and provide advice on appropriate monitoring (both physical and mental) where needed. In a nutshell, I’m there to relieve the psychiatrists of relevant duties, which allows them to focus on other appropriate areas, and to improve resources available to PLT nursing staff. To whom do you report and where does the post fit in the management structure? In terms of line management and operational responsibilities, I’m still very much part of the pharmacy structure and have no ‘manager’ within PLT as such. However, it would be fair to assume that in my guise as a PLT pharmacist I report to the team manager, as would be expected of anyone else. How was/is the post funded? Is the post funded on a non-recurring or recurring basis? The post was initially set up as a pilot in order to gauge the benefit of having a pharmacist available directly within the PLT. This involved me being released from other duties two days per week to attend the service. As the benefits became apparent and integration proved worthwhile, a business case was agreed by local commissioners to establish the twice-weekly post as a permanent fixture. When was the post first established? The pilot originally started in August 2016. Are you the first post holder? If not, how long have you been in post? The pilot was originally set up by a senior colleague with a view to introducing a pharmacist with a background experience of working in physical as well as mental health services. I took over the reins in October 2016. FACE2FACE Psychiatric Liaison Team Pharmacist Steve Storey, Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Correspondence to: [email protected] Steve Storey “ My role within the PLT is to offer advice on medication-based issues such as initiation, switching or ceasing psychotropic medications and to liaise with the inpatient team. ” iStock.com/hairyigit

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