The Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) have issued urgent guidance to all of its members. The move comes in response to a series of critical incidents. The defence team at the PDA has become increasingly concerned about incidents of unsafe practice which have started to emerge as the number of independent prescribers working in GP practices has risen. They have seen a number of serious incidents recently and are currently in the early stages of dealing with cases where patient deaths have been reported.
I work as a pharmacist in general practice and this incident was a career-defining moment and one I will never forget. I have been a pharmacist for over 20 years and this was the most professionally frightening situation I have ever found myself in. Whilst I cannot reveal my identity for obvious reasons […]
In the second in a series of professional dilemmas that will follow a pharmacists new to working in general practice.
The Pharmacist Defence Association (PDA) has published a statement raising concerns about the levels of training and competence of pharmacists working in general practice. The statement comes as the number of pharmacists working within general practice has increased dramatically in recent years. The PDA say they have noticed a ‘predicted’ upturn in queries from this group of pharmacists. These developments have caused the PDA some concern and has triggered the need to publish the statement.
Like so many others recently I took the leap to the promised land of general practice. I have not really written about my experience of working in general practice largely because until now (2 years in) I had my head down finding my feet in this devilishly complex yet interesting role.