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GP pharmacists increase GP capacity, optimise medicines use and improve patient quality of life, according to an evaluation of the initial pilot phase of NHS England’s Clinical Pharmacists in GP Practices scheme. But GPs’ expectations of the role of practice pharmacists need to be managed, the report warns.
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.
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?
An extra 1,500 pharmacists could be working in GP surgeries by 2020, after a funding boost of £112m by NHS England.
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 announced in July 2015.
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.
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.
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 ensure both professions are heading in the same direction and remain focused on patient outcomes.
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.
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.
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:
A pharmacist should work in every GP practice in England to offer specialist medicines advice and support to patients and take pressure off family doctors.
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.
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.
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.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has spoken out about the increased role that community pharmacy could play in primary care.
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.
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 ..
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.
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
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). ...