A6 New care models: Integrating physician and pharmacy workforces

Wednesday 13 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Auditorium 1 hours

Organised by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section and the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section

Chairs: Jaime Acosta Gómez (Farmacia Acosta, Spain) and Rebekah Moles (The University of Sydney, Australia)


Pharmacists have particular skills and expertise about medicines and their use that they bring to multidisciplinary teams and to patients.

Collaboration between health care professionals is at the heart (and soul) of pharmacy and clinical practice. With emerging health trends, for example ageing and complex diseases, an increased demand on general practice and hospitals services have contributed to unsustainable pressures on physicians.

Pharmacists with the appropriate skills and experience can work in collaboration with physicians to relieve service pressure and increase capacity to deliver improved patient care and make a difference to patients.  There are many examples of collaborative care in hospital practice and now in GP practices, where pharmacists are able to contribute to the clinical work related to medicines.

Primary care activities that pharmacists with the proper training can perform include advanced clinical services, prescription management, audit and education, and medicines management.

Effective clinical supervision and mentorship will be essential for pharmacists new to collaborative practice; in particular, training to become independent prescribers may be considered a necessity in some countries.

This collaborative role of pharmacists increases interprofessional recognition for the value of pharmacists’ skills and expertise.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role pharmacists in collaborative practice settings with physicians, in hospital and primary care settings.
  2. Specify the training needed, from preregistration (grassroots), to junior pharmacists (foundation practice), to senior pharmacists.
  3. State opportunities for cooperation between pharmacists in different settings (community pharmacies, GP surgeries and hospitals).
  4. Identify the potential and evolution of this practice.


12:30 – 13:00
1. The future role of clinical pharmacy in primary care: The UK experience

Ravi Sharma (Primary Care Integration and GP Practice Partner, UK)

13:00 – 13:30
2. Pharmacotherapy related collaboration between pharmacists and physicians in a tertiary care hospital

Yuh Lih Chang (Taipei Veterans General Hospital, China Taiwan)

13:30 – 14:00
3. Education approaches for developing integrated physician-pharmacist care models

Carl Schneider (University of Sydney, Australia)