The other significant part of the job that the pharmacist took on was to run ‘minor illness’ clinics. These clinics are populated by people who phone the GP practice with ‘on the day’ acute presentations. There is a list of pre-agreed conditions that our pharmacist has agreed to treat. These included conditions like tonsilitis, otitis media/externa, chest infections etc.
For this part of the dilemma, we need to retrace our steps back to when our pharmacist joined the practice. He began running these ‘minor illness’ clinics one month after he joined the practice.
In terms of training, he attended a 2 day ‘minor illness’ course for pharmacists. This course was being run by another pharmacist in a similar role. He also had 2 tutorials on clinical skills run by the GP partners in his first month of employment.