Pharmacists must be integrated into diabetes care

Royal Pharmaceutical Society | July 2019 |Pharmacists must be integrated into diabetes care

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in England is calling for pharmacists to be fully integrated into services for people with type 2 diabetes to increase prevention and detection of the condition and improve the care that patients receive. 

Pharmacists across England can support people with type 2 diabetes get the best from their medicines, improving their health and wellbeing through integrated, collaborative and personalised care services.

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Three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by helping people understand their risk of developing the disease and how to reduce it, and by getting an early diagnosis for those known to be at high risk.

The RPS has published  Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with Type 2 diabetes, and outlines a series of recommendations:

Pharmacists work as part of the multidisciplinary team to play a greater role in prevention and detection services for type 2 diabetes

  • Pharmacists should play an active role in optimising medicines, improving the health, wellbeing and safety of people with type 2 diabetes across the NHS
  • Pharmacists in specialist and generalist roles should have access to education and training to support people with multiple conditions
  • The role of consultant pharmacists in diabetes should be embedded to ensure improved system wide management of people with type 2 diabetes (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society)

Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with Type 2 diabetes

Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with type 2 diabetes

drug-1674890_1280The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with type 2 diabetes.  This document is aimed at policy makers and education/service commissioners within the NHS in England and makes recommendations for how pharmacists can play an increasing role in the prevention, early detection, care and support of people with type 2 diabetes.

To improve care for people with type 2 diabetes, the RPS are calling for:

  1. Pharmacists should work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to play a greater role in prevention and detection services for type 2 Diabetes
  2. Pharmacists should play an active role in optimising medicines, improving the health, wellbeing and safety of people with type 2 diabetes across the NHS
  3. Pharmacists in specialist and generalist roles should be given access to the most up to date education and training to support people with multiple conditions
  4. NHS organisations need to establish and embed the role of consultant pharmacists in diabetes across the NHS should ensure improved outcomes in the management of people with type 2 diabetes, promote collaborative practice, multidisciplinary team working, quality improvement and research.

Full detail at Royal Pharmaceutical Society

See also: Pharmacists must be integrated into diabetes care | RPS press release