The MidCentral DHB in partnership with the Central Primary Health Organisation have implemented Primary Care Support Pharmacist Services across the MidCentral region.
The Primary Care Support Pharmacists are registered by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, have a pharmacy degree and a postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacy. They work as an integral and integrated part of the primary care teams or general practices to provide range of services including (but not limited to the following):
- Optimise the effectiveness of patients’ medication treatment by identifying, resolving and preventing medication-related problems, and develop a care plan to the patient’s GP.
- Supporting and advising on all matters relating to medicines management.
- Providing best practice information to patients and practice staff.
- Links with the community pharmacist or the hospital to make it as easy as possible for patients to navigate pharmacy or health services.
The Population Health Pharmacist leads and supports the Primary Care Support Pharmacists (PCSP) team to enthusiastically and positively improve patients’ experience of care, quality use of medicines, and to develop and reinforce best practice prescribing messages (bpacNZ, Choosing Wisely, PHARMAC advice, etc). The Population Health Pharmacist (PHP) analyses medicines utilisation trends across primary care and identify issues contributing to inequities and sub-optimal health outcomes. This could include, for example medicine related issues arising in age-related residential care, mental health or long term/chronic conditions, nurse-led clinics, any medications-related issues arising because of contact with hospital services, or as a result of patients’ transition between services.
The team provides best practice prescribing advice to all primary care prescribers across the MidCentral district. The aim is to consider quality and safety use of medicines, needs and access issues for the wider patient population with a strong equity focus.
For more information on this service, please contact:
Population Health Pharmacist – Primary, Public and Community Health Mahmoud.Mahmoud@midcentraldhb.govt.nz