"Meet the Pharmacists"
We have listened to your comments and questions recently about the developing roles of our new Prescribing Pharmacists, who are covering regular clinical sessions for us and some other local Reading Practices. For the full story in our latest Newsletter please see the full article and interviews in the quick links section "Latest News" on this page.
patient quotation passed to the Practice Manager on 3rd May 2017. "Mr Rafiq and Mr Rashid have been excellent. The Appointments with both Mr Rashid and Mr Rafiq are changing my life for the better!"
GP 5 Year Forward view - the development of GP Physician Associates and Clinical Pharmacists
Dr Gerard D'Cruz would like to extend his sincere thanks to all our patients who have been willing to allow GP Physician and Clinical Pharmacist Trainees to sit in on our surgery sessions with GPs and Prescribing Pharmacists and Nurse Practitioners. The practice is leading in Central Reading for providing student placements (working with Reading University) within a Primary Care setting which is proving to be an invaluable experience for the students(as commented by them) and is only possible due to the co-operation of our patients.
What is a GP Physician Associate?
The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for physician associates defines the physician associate as:
"...a new health professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment with the general practice team under defined levels of supervision."
Physician associates can supplement and complement GPs and nursing staff. Under supervision of a doctor, they can see a range of patients whose cases vary in complexity. As with any practitioner, the amount of supervision they need depends on their level of knowledge, skills and experience.
Studies from General Practice in both England and Scotland have shown physician associates to be safe, effective and liked by patients.