LloydsPharmacy appoints first Health & Wellbeing Pharmacist

A strategic relationship between LloydsPharmacy and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust has led to the creation of a new role for the retail pharmacy company, that of Health & Wellbeing Pharmacist. 

Kim Davies has been appointed by LloydsPharmacy but will work on site across approximately 31 ExtraCare assisted living locations.  She will contribute to the charity’s Well-being Service which supports all residents to be proactive in managing their own health and she will specifically help optimise medicines usage for those residents with care needs.

Kim can undertake patient medicine reviews, provide feedback to GPs if conditions aren’t well controlled and monitor medicines administration and adherence.  She will also support ExtraCare in preparing for CQC inspections; train staff, for instance, in administering eye drops; and help advise on aids to foster independent living.  Kim will be instrumental in medicines optimisation and sharing best practice across the organisation as well as working with ExtraCare’s specialist staff on its award-winning programme[1] to support patients with dementia.

Kim brings a wealth of experience in both primary and secondary care from working in community and hospital pharmacy and as a primary care and senior medicines management pharmacist working closely with GPs and care homes looking to streamline the provision of personalised care and wellbeing enabling optimum patient outcomes.

She says:  “When people get older their priorities change and the overall quality of life may become more important to them than the management of a specific condition.  A GP will be looking at a patient and prescribing medicines for all their complex needs, which may involve statins, aspirin and additional medicines to counteract side effects of other medications.  In fact, that patient may have one particular over-riding concern, be it their incontinence or their back pain that stops them sleeping.  Some just want to be less drowsy so that they can take part in activities they enjoy most.

“I’m a big advocate of de-prescribing where appropriate so we can limit interactions, side effects and wastage.  I work with patients to take a holistic view and support a patient-led consultation that may not always take place in a surgery.”

The ExtraCare charity supports 4,400 older people in 17 Housing Schemes and 14 Villages.  The organisation is focussed on dementia and offers tailored activities for those residents with dementia-related issues, aiming to reduce the disabling effects of the condition.  LloydsPharmacy has developed a partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland to raise awareness of dementia and improve access to information, advice and services, to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia and Kim will proactively raise awareness to reduce avoidable risk factors in preventing dementia through healthy living and wellbeing promotion.

Kim concludes:  “ExtraCare want to help people remain fitter and healthier for longer so I’m looking forward to contributing to that work through making sure that the medicines are right for patient wellbeing but also proactively promoting healthy living through effective diet and lifestyle advice lowering the burden of avoidable ill health.”

[1] ExtraCare’s award-winning Enriched Opportunities Programme® (EOP) supports residents with dementia and dementia-related conditions. It is a pioneering joint research project between ExtraCare and the University of Bradford and has resulted in a programme of support that is now being rolled out across all ExtraCare housing Schemes and Villages.

The programme offers tailored activities for those residents with dementia-related issues, aiming to reduce the disabling effects of the condition. The programme is implemented through specially-trained support workers known as EOP Locksmiths®.