The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is launching a new campaign to improve the care of people with long term conditions through the better use of pharmacists.
An average 1 in 3 people across Great Britain have at least one long term condition. Caring for them accounts for around 50% of GP appointments and approximately 70% of the health and social care budget across the country.
As the third largest health profession in the UK, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society argues that the skills and expertise of pharmacists must be maximised within the multidisciplinary team to provide the best care for patients.
The RPS has published policy documents that focus on how the role of the pharmacist can be enhanced to prevent, identify, treat and support people with long term conditions, as part of a multidisciplinary approach.