The team’s work is underscored with their unfaltering conviction that all primary care staff must be appropriately trained and supported to enable people to self-manage their diabetes well, preventing the complications that can be associated with the condition.
In recent years, the GP practice team at Foundry Town Clinic have expanded to include the role of a practice pharmacist in the multidisciplinary team. To provide optimal care, the pharmacist completed independent prescriber training in diabetes a few years ago with the practice and had been carrying out annual reviews and medication management for a number of years. However, one of the limitations of the service for the patient was the issue with referral and waiting times when injectable therapies needed to be initiated. Further training was completed by the GP practice pharmacist to provide GLP1 initiation, insulin initiation and titration for patients.
With this new initiative, patients can be booked in for review or referred by the other members of the multidisciplinary team with the practice pharmacist when needed during care. This is the only insulin initiation service provided by a practice pharmacist in the health board and includes advice to all members of the practice team regarding management of insulin and review where needed.