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HPFT hosts Practice Forum event for Pharmacists

08 Apr 19 - 07 Apr 20

On Tuesday 26 March Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) hosted the Royal Pharmaceutical local Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Practice Forum. The theme was: Supporting the physical health of patients with severe mental illness through Pharmacy”.

 

Keynote presentations were made by HPFT’s Medical Director Professor Asif Zia and Chief Pharmacist for the Trust, Chetan Shah. Around 35 Pharmacists from different sectors attended the event, including academia, GP practice based Pharmacists and community Pharmacists from across Herts, Beds and London.

Chief Pharmacist Chetan Shah said: “Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive and several opportunities for how we can work better together have been generated as a result.

“As a Pharmacy profession and irrespective of the sector we’re working in, we have a significant opportunity to help support patients with severe mental illness around their physical health - particularly if we as a profession, stop working in our silos.”

Watford Pharmacist and Chair of Hertfordshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee, Girish Mehta attended and said: "The presentation by Professor Zia demonstrated that severe mental illness is a biological condition and that Pharmacists’, as medicine experts are well placed to deliver better patient care.

"The event was very relevant to practice and inspirational in how we as a "whole" profession need to collaborate with other providers, and more importantly within our profession, to release and realise the potential of Pharmaceutical input in patient care."

A correspondent from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society also attended and you can read their article in the Pharmaceutical Journal here.

 

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