Patient complexity and throughput in acute care have increased over recent years; and pharmacy resources have often remained static or reduced. Targeting resources and skills to those patients in most need of a clinical pharmacist’s expertise, and guiding junior pharmacists in their work are therefore important. This literature review aims to help Pharmacy Managers who wish to develop tools and approaches to support the implementation of a clinical prioritisation strategy. It will also provide ideas for those who are exploring what a local strategy could include.

This resource contains published and/or presented tools from the UK and New Zealand/Australia from 2012 to the start of 2019; including attempts to validate and/or measure the impact of a tool assessing risk as well as workflow. New Zealand/Australia was included as clinical pharmacy services are delivered in a similar way to the UK.

This literature review follows an earlier resource on clinical prioritisation for pharmacy managers which can be found here.