Amira Shaikh believes changes brought in to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic could have altered the landscape of GP pharmacy permanently. In January, she became regional facilitator for Health Education England (HEE) for London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, where she has seen a shift towards caring for patients remotely.
Ms Shaikh integrates pre-registration pharmacists into general practice. C+D’s clinical and custom content editor, Naimah Callachand, spoke to Ms Shaikh about her new role in C+D's latest podcast.
“I imagine that post-COVID the world for healthcare is going to be very much digitalised,” Ms Shaikh says. “The majority of practices…are now becoming more receptive to it because it is helping manage patients much more effectively, allowing them better time management and being able to focus on very complex cases.”
Although Ms Shaikh says this is “a challenging time” to start a new role, she also says that being part of the changes to training is rewarding.
She would recommend pre-registration pharmacy students opt for experience in general practice, should the opportunity arise. “It’s a different way of working as a pharmacist within primary care, it’s a good kind of environment to upskill yourself,” she says.
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