Understanding what is important to the individual and then adapting the care to meet their needs is central to this standard. Behaviours relevant to this standard include obtaining consent, listening and understanding a patient’s needs and priorities, respecting cultural differences, recognising personal values and beliefs but not imposing these on others. It also includes safeguarding a person’s dignity.
These articles can be used to support the development of your reflective account entries for this standard and provide an idea of the activities that could be included.
Former hospital pharmacist Ana Armstrong would often find herself worrying about her older patients after discharge; so she decided to move sectors and help bridge care between hospital and home.
Gemma Fromage explains why she decided to become a prescribing pharmacist and aesthetic practitioner, as well as what her role entails.
David Gerrard details a typical day as a pharmacist independent prescriber working as part of a community learning disability treatment team.
Lauren Gibson details a typical day working as part of a pharmacy-led, homeless health outreach service.
Chief pharmacist Graham Parsons details a typical day working for the leading social enterprise, Turning Point, which supports clients with learning disabilities, mental health, and drug and alcohol problems.
A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices, resulting in more successful outcomes.
Although children take responsibility for taking their medications at different ages, involving parents, and where possible children, in decision making is key to medicines optimisation.
Each person’s experience of mild cognitive impairment and dementia will be quite different. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams are well placed to assist in both the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients manage their medicines.
Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carersSubscription
Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.
Patients are more likely to open up and disclose information if they trust their pharmacist or healthcare professional, and a better quality of interaction may result in greater patient autonomy and shared decision-making.
Pharmacists have an essential role in advising and counselling patients who are observing Ramadan. By understanding the possible compliance and adherence issues, pharmacists can support Muslim patients during this time.