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A multi-perspective evaluation of specialist mental health clinical pharmacist prescribers practising withing general practices in NHS Highland.

Buist, E.; McLelland, R.; MacLure, Katie; Stewart, Derek; Rushworth, G.; Gibson Smith, Katie; MacLure, Andrew; Cunningham, Scott

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E. Buist

R. McLelland

Katie MacLure

Derek Stewart

G. Rushworth

Katie Gibson Smith

Andrew MacLure

Scott Cunningham



Abstract

Mental health issues are a common feature of primary care consultations and around a third of GP consultations have a mental health element. The Scottish Government’s 10 year Mental Health Strategy has ambitions to transform services so every GP practice has multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) who can support and treat patients with mental health issues while ensuring good communication with community mental health teams (CMHT) and secondary care services. Despite these strategic plans, there is currently a lack of specialist mental health clinical pharmacist prescriber input to the care of patients with mental health issues within general practice in NHS Highland. A 12 month pilot, funded by the Scottish Government’s Primary Care Transformation Fund, has been conducted during which two specialist mental health clinical pharmacist prescribers consulted with patients with depression and anxiety by appointment at one of two GP Practices in NHS Highland.

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Start Date Oct 12, 2018
Institution Citation BUIST, E., MCLELLAND, R., MACLURE, K., STEWART, D., RUSHWORTH, G., GIBSON SMITH, K., MACLURE, A. and CUNNINGHAM, S. 2018. A multi-perspective evaluation of specialist mental health clinical pharmacist prescribers practising within general practices in NHS Highland. Presented at the 9th International College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) psychiatric pharmacy conference, 12-14 October 2018, Loughborough, UK.
Keywords Pharmaceutical care; Depression; Anxiety; Primary care; NHS Highland; General practices

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