Spotlight: Pharmacists in community mental health teams

In this 'Spotlight' episode of The PJ Pod, we delve into the progress made towards embedding pharmacy support for patients with severe mental illness into community teams.

The ‘NHS mental health implementation plan 2019/2020–2023/2024’, published by NHS England in July 2019, identified a need for “new and integrated models of primary and community mental healthcare” to support 370,000 adults and older adults with severe mental illness.

With many of these patients taking psychotropic medication — such as clozapine, lithium, valproate and antidepressants to treat a range of conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and eating disorders — the plan aimed to recruit 260 pharmacists into integrated community care teams by April 2024.

However, an investigation by The Pharmaceutical Journal in May 2024 revealed that there are 160.95 whole-time equivalent pharmacists in adult severe mental health community services across 43 out of 49 mental health trusts that responded to a freedom of information request.

In this ‘Spotlight’ episode of The PJ Pod, executive editor Carolyn Wickware and reporter Tammy Lovell discuss the funding that was offered to set up these teams and how it was used, and what happens now that the implementation plan has ended.

This episode was produced by Geoff Marsh.

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, May 2024, Vol 312, No 7985;312(7985)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2024.1.312973

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