Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice pilot scheme

clinical pharmacistsNHS England, Health Education England, RCGP and the BMAs GP Committee are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on a three year pilot to test the role of clinical pharmacists working in general practice. There were 292 applications to take part in this project and GPPC was delighted to be one of the 73 sites selected to go forward with the pilot. As a result, we have been able to interview for up to 10 Clinical Pharmacists to be employed by GPPC and working in local General Practices.

Clinical pharmacists will work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medications and better access to health checks. Having a clinical pharmacist in GP practices means GPs and nurses can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with complex conditions. This will help clinicians manage the demands on their time.

The pilot builds on the experiences of general practices that already have clinical pharmacists in patient facing roles, in some cases as partners. It will be evaluated so that success and learning is identified and reported. The pilot is looking to determine whether the role of the Clinical Pharmacists could include managing care for people with self-limiting illnesses and long-term conditions. All of the pharmacists appointed will be studying to become qualified as Independent Prescribers.

The pilot will be part funded for three years with an expectation that practices will continue with the role into year four and beyond.

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