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Lack of leadership and clinical skills are a 'barrier' to pharmacy investment, warns NHS England

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It seems a disappointment that the opportunities being offered have to date not been fully taken up by the profession - all our foundation pharmacists undertake this training. However it is good for the profession that 60% of the GP Practice Pharmacists entering the training programme are previous employees in Community Pharmacy- this is roughly in line with registration numbers and the role provides new clinical roles separated from supply. Personally I accept many of the patient facing skills utilised by community pharmacy of clinical decision making and either reassure, referral or treat are the same but the clinical and leadership training is needed to develop the advanced clinical diagnostic and decision making skills supported by an improved therapeutic armamentarium from the prescribing qualification to move into this new role and become fully embedded in GP practice team. It appears there will be more clinical opportunities for pharmacists in primary care as part of the 10 year plan so these programmes need to have a similar if not long-term life-span. I wonder if we will as a profession continue to stand complaining on the side-lines and look back at the end of those 10 years and see yet another missed opportunity?

Posted date

19 JAN 2019

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14:22

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