Sharing the workload

Pharmacists’ reluctance to delegate often menial aspects of their workload is hampering the professions’ ability to embrace additional practice tasks, UK researchers believe.

An in-depth analysis of the workload of community pharmacies in Kent, in southern England, revealed that while delegation did occur quite widely there were issues relating to regulations and accountability that stymied further workload sharing.

Some pharmacists also continued to be actively involved in non-medical administration tasks. 

When detailed interviews were conducted