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Pharmacists in GP practices

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Nuffield Trust highlights efficiencies pharmacists can bring to GP practicesSubscription

Pharmacists working in surgeries can cut the time GPs would normally spend on medicines management and prescribing issues by nearly half, according to a report by the Nuffield Trust.

Pharmacist takes the blood pressure of a female patient

All you need to know about GP practice pharmacistsSubscription

The first pharmacists are about to start work under a new pharmacists in GP practices scheme. What do existing practice pharmacists do and how will the new roles differ?

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GP surgeries could employ an extra 1,500 pharmacists with £112m investmentSubscription

An extra 1,500 pharmacists could be working in GP surgeries by 2020, after a funding boost of £112m by NHS England.

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Pharmacists should take appointments off GPs’ hands, says think tankSubscription

Other healthcare professionals could handle up to half of all appointments currently dealt with by GPs, according to UK think tank Reform.

NHS England has confirmed that it is increasing the number of pharmacists who will be employed directly in GP surgeries as part of the £15m pilot project it announced in July 2015. In the image, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England

Extra investment for scheme to employ pharmacists in GP practicesSubscription

NHS England has confirmed that it is increasing the number of pharmacists who will be employed directly in GP surgeries as part of the £15m pilot project announced in July 2015.

NHS England has made £15m available to fund clinical pharmacists to work in GP surgeries in England. GP surgeries in England must work together to bid for new funding that would enable clinical pharmacists to join their teams

The incentive is now there for GPs to employ clinical pharmacists Subscription

GP surgeries in England must work together to bid for new funding that would enable clinical pharmacists to join their teams.

GP practices in England will employ around 300 pharmacists to provide clinical care in a £15m pilot, NHS England has announced. In the image, Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive

NHS England launches £15m pilot to employ pharmacists in GP practicesSubscription

GP practices in England will employ around 300 pharmacists to provide clinical care in a £15m pilot, NHS England has announced.

David Reissner, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Setting up a pharmacy on GP premises: the lawSubscription

Pharmacy owners may have considered locating their businesses on GP premises to increase their dispensing volume. However, they need to ensure they are acting within the law.

Initative from Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) for pharmacists and GPs to collaborate closely patient care

What closer ties with GP practices will mean for pharmacistsSubscription

Following proposals for pharmacists and GPs to work more closely on patient care, Stephen Robinson looks at reactions to the idea and explains what needs to happen for the vision to become reality.

Joint working between pharmacy and GP organisations will put both professions onto a common path focused on patient outcomes

Pharmacists in GP surgeries is a pragmatic solutionSubscription

Joint working between pharmacy and GP organisations will ensure both professions are heading in the same direction and remain focused on patient outcomes.

David Branford is the English Pharmacy Board chair

RPS chair: GP practice role will help develop clinical future for the professionSubscription

Creating opportunities in general practice for pharmacists will allow to the profession to adopt a greater clinical role in care, says the English Pharmacy Board chair David Branford.

Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer, said “the time is right” for more pharmacists to work as part of GP practice teams across the country

NHS England calls for assessment of pharmacists' skills for GP practice roleSubscription

Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer warns NHS not to introduce pharmacists in GP surgeries initiative in a “reckless” manner, and says skills and training requirements must be assessed first.

NHS England is considering whether to introduce measures to incentivise GP practices to employ pharmacists in their surgeries

Talks ongoing to secure incentives for GP surgeries to employ pharmacistsSubscription

Discussions between GP and pharmacy leadership bodies and NHS England aim to introduce “practical measures” to incentivise GP practices to employ pharmacists.

RPS promotes pharmacists and GPs campaignSubscription

Tuesday 17 March 2015: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) made a joint call for pharmacists to work in GP surgeries. This gained a significant amount of media coverage. The story was covered by:

Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member

Pharmacists in GP practices is a vital next step for the profession – but it's not the only one we needSubscription

Opportunities for pharmacists to work within general practice teams will be an important new role for the profession, but integration with primary care needs to go further still, argues Elizabeth Butterfield, RPS English Pharmacy Board member.

Pharmacists should be employed to work in stretched GP surgeries across England to relieve pressure on GPs, according to a proposal from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). In the image, waiting room of a GP surgery

Employ thousands of pharmacists in GP surgeries, urge professions’ leadersSubscription

Professional leadership bodies for pharmacists and GPs jointly call for practices in England to hire pharmacists in clinical roles to address growing pressure on GP services.

Clare Gerada, GP and chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region)

Q&A: How do GPs view the role of pharmacists in the NHS?Subscription

London-based GP Clare Gerada is chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region). But she is probably best known for her work as chairman of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a post she held for three years. She shares her thoughts on the role pharmacy should play in UK healthcare.

Pharmacists could carry out medication reviews in GP practices, says RCGP chairSubscription

The Royal College of General Practitioners has spoken out about the increased role that community pharmacy could play in primary care. 

Under the spotlight (Silvae1/Dreamstime.com)

Under the spotlight — is there a future in a pharmacist for every GP practice?

The role of practice pharmacists was brought under the spotlight last week following publication of a study on GP prescribing errors. Dawn Connelly reports

Correspondence

Pharmacy must grasp new clinical opportunities with both handsSubscription

As a GP with 25 years’ experience, a strong interest in medical education, and married to a community pharmacist, I am constantly amazed by how pharmacy has allowed itself to be sidelined and passed over by other medical-related professions. Salaries have not kept pace with similar groups, and there has been little in the way of role development and extension of skills. What few initiatives there are, such as minor ailment schemes, have been piecemeal and under-resourced.

We need more clinical roles beyond working in GP practicesSubscription

I have for some time been observing with interest since the announcement of the new pilot of pharmacists working in GP surgeries and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) push for this role to grow. I believe the introduction of pharmacists working in GP surgeries is a development from the 1990s. It is not new. I was one of the first so to do rationalising asthma therapy, conducting benzodiazepine reduction clinics and developing formularies with GP practices. Savings made by rationalising ..

Pharmacists will be used as cheap labour in GP surgeriesSubscription

I have read recent correspondence relating to pharmacists working in GP surgeries and am unsurprised at the “negativity within our own profession” referred to by Claire Anderson (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:421).

Collaborative working with GPs is the answerSubscription

Following the recent joint Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal College of General Practitioners statement about the benefits of pharmacists working in GP practices, I was filled with excitement and optimism. We finally have some interprofessional recognition for the value of our skills and expertise.

Working in GP practices: let’s get this rightSubscription

I have been following with interest recent correspondence and media activity on pharmacists working in GP practices.

Pharmacists are not a threat to GPsSubscription

I found GP Clare Gerada’s view on pharmacists archaic (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:208). Is the role of the pharmacist not constantly evolving? At least I thought it was. Pharmacists will never be able to step up as long as there are GPs like Gerada around.

Unintended consequences of pharmacists working in GP practicesSubscription

I was most agreeably surprised when watching ‘Breakfast’ on BBC to learn that the Royal College of General Practitioners is recommending that every GP practice should have its own pharmacist. Also it was good to see the interview with a pharmacist working in such a practice. From what the pharmacist was saying, it would seem to be ideal for all parties with the pharmacist managing many long-term patients. He also suggested that such arrangements would mop up the current surplus of pharmacists. H

Pharmacists working in GP surgeries is an opportunity, not a threatSubscription

The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have launched an exciting initiative where pharmacists will be working in GP surgeries (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:353). ...

Closer ties between GPs and Pharmacists

Professional leadership bodies for pharmacists and GPs have jointly call for practices in England to hire pharmacists in clinical roles to address growing pressure on GP services. As the campaign grows, diverse views arise.

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