Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group has announced the appointment of a Consultant Pharmacist for Primary Care and Community Medicines Optimisation.
Clair Huckerby previously Pharmaceutical Advisor for Dudley CCG is the first Consultant Pharmacist for primary care, working at a population level, in the country.
The consultant pharmacist post was established as an NHS post in 2005 and created an opportunity for senior pharmacists to contribute to improving patient outcomes through their high level expertise in specific areas of practice, and through professional leadership, education, mentoring, research, and service development. There are approximately 70 other Consultant Pharmacists across the country in a wide variety of specialities, but none of these are in primary care.
Dudley CCG has taken the opportunity to create the consultant pharmacist post with a remit for medicines optimisation in primary care and the community with the aim to deliver a high standard of clinical practice as a ‘generalist’ clinical pharmacist as well as leading on medicines optimisation at a population level. More specifically, this will involve:
- leading and educating others
- developing a systematic approach to maximise effectiveness and safety at a population level
- leading on the development of clinical policies and tools which support good practice and local objectives
- developing a research agenda in medicines optimisation in this area
- leading on the development of the primary care clinical pharmacy workforce
The appointment of Clair Huckerby BPharm MRPharmS PgClinDip(Pharm) IP FFRPS, who has worked in Dudley for over 15 years is a great achievement and comes at an important time for the CCG as they enter the next stage of implementing a Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) due to go live in 2018.
Clair Huckerby said: “The consultant status of this post reflects the huge challenges we face in primary care with an aging population and limited resources. Our agenda involves population risk stratification, health economic analysis and a high level of clinical expertise to deal with multiple clinical problems.”
Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England said, “Dudley has taken the opportunity to prepare for the future way of working in the NHS through creation of a consultant pharmacist post to deliver clinical leadership for medicines optimisation across a primary care population for the first time. I’m delighted to see this development and the recognition of the specialist role which pharmacy plays in population based healthcare, but more than that I’m convinced people in this area will benefit from better health outcomes from medicines as a result.”
Dr Duncan Jenkins, Specialist in Pharmaceutical Public Health said:
“In Dudley we are considering the future needs of the integrated care system and developing consultant pharmacist roles is a key part of our workforce development strategy. The creation of a consultant post for Primary Care Medicines Optimisation reflects the importance we place on this role. Our team has always taken a population approach and we acknowledge the skills and expertise required to provide clinical and systems leadership from strategic, tactical and patient facing perspectives.”