About the service
Kirklees mental health primary care pharmacy team are an advanced specialist mental health service who will provide support around medication to people in the community.
In our team we have three clinical pharmacists and two pharmacy technicians. All the pharmacists are either trained or training to be non-medical prescribers. We use our expertise to enhance the optimisation of mental health medicines across Kirklees.
We work collaboratively with GP (general practitioner) pharmacy teams so that work isn’t duplicated.
Examples of mental health medicines information
- Switching advice between agents e.g. antidepressants
- Initiation and cessation (deprescribing) of mental health medications
- Adverse drug reaction (side effects) significance, management, and monitoring
- Drug-drug interactions, drug-disease interactions, significance, management, and monitoring
- Medication safety and choices with comorbidity such as pregnancy, lactation, renal or hepatic impairment etc
- Input into improvements with medication adherence, simplification of regime etc, advice on reintroduction of medication after a period of non-adherence
- Queries relating to shared care of mental health medications
- Queries relating to ongoing medication and monitoring for people recently discharged from SWYT inpatient wards or outpatient clinics
Involvement in case reviews
Staff you may meet
- A pharmacist is an expert in medicines and their use. They work to ensure that patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines and can practice in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy or in primary care pharmacy.
- Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist.