The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland on Tuesday called for the exploration of new models that could enable pharmacists to better support people with their mental health at a national roundtable event.
The mental health roundtable was held at the organisation’s Edinburgh office in connection with the mental health awareness week. Policymakers, politicians and practitioners met with leading community pharmacists and discussed how pharmacists could play a greater role in the provision of mental health services.
The RPS suggested the possibilities of early interventions, monitoring and referrals to specialist services when necessary, something that could help pharmacists working in all settings to better support patients with mental health conditions.
Jonathan Burton, Chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board, commented: “We believe that pharmacists are vital to the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy and could play a leading role in multidisciplinary teams. Working in the community, pharmacists see people more often than any other health professional and provide holistic care.”
The RPS mental health campaign also calls for empowering pharmacists to manage the physical health of people with mental health conditions, with access to their records and development of a service to support people who have been newly prescribed an antidepressant.
“As experts in all aspects of medicines, pharmacists are often best placed to review a patient’s overall medication and will take a holistic approach to an individual’s conditions. We can improve the quality of their care by ensuring that they are getting the most benefit from the medicines they are taking and reducing the risk of harm,” Burton added.