Role of the Pharmacist

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad and Tobago (TPSTT) is committed to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy and to the pharmacists of Trinidad and Tobago, who are themselves committed to patient-centred quality care.

The Society sees itself as working towards this end in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health which has overall responsibility for the health of the population; the Pharmacy Board which, by legislation, is responsible for controlling the distribution of drugs – a multi-faceted responsibility; the University of the West Indies Pharmacy School; the members of the profession including the pharmacy assistants; other professionals involved in patient care as well as the patients themselves and their families.

The Society’s twelve objects, enumerated in its Memorandum of Association, address matters concerned with the development of the profession and its professionals; information and communication; raising funds for specific purposes and management of the finances of the Society.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad & Tobago (TPSTT) embraces the role of a pharmacist as developed by the World Health Organization and endorsed by the FIP. The role of the pharmacist is embodied by the document, “The Seven Star Pharmacists”

THE SEVEN STAR PHARMACIST

  • Care-giver– the pharmacist provides caring services. Whether these services are clinical, analytical, technological or regulatory, the pharmacist must be comfortable interacting with individuals and populations. The pharmacist must view his or her practice as integrated and continuous with those of the health care system and other pharmacists. Services must be of the highest quality.
  • Decision-maker– the appropriate, efficacious and cost effective use of resources (e.g., personnel, medicines, chemicals, equipment, procedures, practices) should be at the foundation of the pharmacist’s work. Achieving this goal requires the ability to evaluate, synthesize and decide upon the most appropriate course of action.
  • Communicator– the pharmacist is in an ideal position between physician and patient. As such, he or she must be knowledgeable and confident while interacting with other health professionals and the public. Communication involves verbal, non-verbal, listening and writing skills.
  • Leader– whether the pharmacist finds him/herself in multidisciplinary (e.g., team) caring situations or in areas where other health care providers are in short supply or non-existent, he/she is obligated to assume a leadership position in the overall welfare of the community. Leadership involves compassion and empathy as well as the ability to make decisions, communicate, and manage effectively.
  • Manager– the pharmacist must effectively manage resources (human, physical and fiscal) and information; he or she must also be comfortable being managed by others, whether an employer or the manager/leader of a health care team. More and more, information and its related technology will provide challenges to the pharmacist as he/she assumes greater responsibility for sharing information about medicines and related products.
  • Life-long-learner– it is no longer possible to learn all one must learn in school in order to practice a career as a pharmacist. The concepts, principles and commitment to life-long learning must begin while attending pharmacy school and must be supported throughout the pharmacist’s career. Pharmacists should learn how to learn.
  • Teacher– the pharmacist has a responsibility to assist with the education and training of future generations of pharmacists. Participating as a teacher not only imparts knowledge to others, it offers an opportunity for the practitioner to gain new knowledge and to fine-tune existing skills.