The pharmacist clinician who follows such a training pathway could confidently and competently conduct advanced clinical practice as a “specialist generalist” clinician in Urgent, Acute and Emergency care, working as part of the future multi-professional, multi-skilled clinical team, under the supervision of a doctor.
This announcement follows a national study conducted last year which took an in-depth look at whether pharmacist prescribers, trained in clinical diagnostics and examination through an advanced clinical practitioner programme, could have a positive impact on patient care in the A&E.
The key questions explored included:
- To what extent can pharmacists manage patients in the A&E?”
- What extra training is needed to create an advanced clinical pharmacist?”
- What can a pharmacist uniquely contribute to the joined up, multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled urgent and acute / emergency care workforce of the future?”
HEEs priority is to ensure that we have the right skill mix to deliver a safe and sustainable service for patients rather than relying on more doctors in training. Working closely with partners, we are looking at national and international models that provide the best outcomes for patients in order to learn from these.
For more detail on the study see full report HERE