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Elizabeth Butterfield

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  • Joint education to break down barriers and open doorsSubscription

    18 MAY 2016

    I have been a long-time enthusiast for joint education at local and national levels for building working relationships and opening doors to new ways of working. While pharmacists work predominantly in silo — an enigma and largely invisible part of the NHS — we will struggle to convince commissioners of our value. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and other representative bodies have announced various initiatives for joint working with GPs over the past few years — notably a recent

  • Integrated working: opportunities for pharmacists and better care for patientsSubscription

    19 APR 2016

    Better utilisation of pharmacists and implementation of medicines optimisation are what we all want but how do we make it happen? Integration is the key. We need joined up innovative pharmaceutical care pathways that support all patients and reward pharmacists for improving outcomes by better use of their clinical skills. This will provide value for the NHS, opportunities for pharmacists and better outcomes for patients. Integrated working with other health and social care professional

  • Implementing medicines optimisation across all settingsSubscription

    28 APR 2015

    My vision for the future of holistic patient-centred care around medicines is for primary care to integrate community and hospital pharmacy into patient care pathways and maximise their contribution. Investment in improved pharmaceutical care to support independent living, reduce medication risks and deliver better patient outcomes will represent good value for the NHS. Community pharmacies, which come into contact with one million patients per day, are ideally placed to deliver more i

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