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Developing person-centred consultation skills within a UK hospital pharmacy service: evaluation of a pilot practice-based support package for pharmacy staff
  1. Nina L Barnett1,
  2. Ilana Leader2,
  3. Claire Easthall3
  1. 1 Department of Pharmacy, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, UK
  2. 2 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Central and North West London NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Nina L Barnett, Pharmacy Department, Northwick Park Hospital,Harrow HA13UJ, UK; nina.barnett{at}


A person-centred approach to care is central to NHS England’s health policy agenda and a standard for pharmacy practice from the General Pharmaceutical Council. Health coaching is a method of delivering person-centred care. A pilot of a health coaching support package, including a 2-day course and practice-based follow-up, was delivered to 70 London North West Healthcare NHS Trust pharmacy staff between December 2015 and July 2017.

Objectives To evaluate the support package, identifying key themes from course feedback, evaluating staff perception and evidence of application in practice. To identify key benefits of the support package.

Methods Qualitative analysis of written course feedback was undertaken to identify staff learning themes about person-centred care. The themes were used to design a survey, administered to support package recipients (staff), exploring staff perception of the package. Qualitative review of written examples highlighted use of person-centred themes in practice.

Results Twelve person-centred themes emerged from 49 course evaluations forms, describing what participants learnt about patient-centred care. Of 24 surveys completed, respondents reported increased awareness of themes; however, use in practice varied between themes. Overall, respondents valued the support package and rated practice-support more highly than the course for ongoing development. Patient examples described the use of themes in practice.

Conclusions The support package increased awareness of person-centred themes, portrayed within the practice examples submitted. While the course provided a foundation for use of a person-centred approach, continuing practice-based support is desired by staff to embed learning into day-to-day practice.

  • person-centred care
  • health coaching
  • hospital pharmacy education
  • hospital pharmacy competencies

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