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Pharmacists and doctors launch resource to support multidisciplinary teams in general practice

A jointly published resource from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales and the Royal College of General Practitioners Wales has set out the practicalities of effective multidisciplinary team working in general practice.

Welsh Assembly

Source: Robbie Turner

A joint resource for GP multidisciplinary teams was launched at the Welsh Assembly on 12 February 2020. From left to right: Dai Lloyd AM, chair of the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee; Vaughan Gething, minister for health and social services; Suzanne Scott-Thomas and Mair Hopkin

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Wales and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Wales have jointly published a resource designed to help multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in general practice work better together.

Launched at the Welsh Assembly on 12 February 2020, the resource — ‘Multidisciplinary team working in a general practice setting: the practicalities of making it work’ — outlines the roles and responsibilities of each member of the MDT. It also sets out the core values and behaviours needed to develop an effective team, and includes challenges to watch out for: which include resistance to change within the practice, and recruitment and retention.

A statement issued by the two bodies says that the resource “aims to foster a positive culture of collaboration and support that patients will benefit from”.

The resource has been developed through talking to healthcare professionals who already work in a GP environment, who shared their experiences and suggestions at a workshop hosted by the two professional bodies. It has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board, said she was “delighted to see this resource come to fruition”.

“We are already seeing the advantages that pharmacists and other health professionals can bring to general practice and I am confident that this resource can further contribute to the development of the general practice team”.

Mair Hopkin, joint chair of the RCGP in Wales, said she hoped the resource would “empower GPs and other primary care professionals to make the best decisions for team-building in their area”.

The resource is available in English and Welsh from the RPS website.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2020.20207697

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