Numbers: On course for around 2000 in general practice for 2021 if the current programme is successful
Care Settings: General Practice
Presence in the UK
Since 2016, NHS England has been working in conjunction with partner organisations including the BMA to dramatically increase the presence of clinical pharmacists in general practice, with time-limited central funding provided.
Clinical pharmacists can provide:
Clinical services - working with GPs and patients to address medicine adherence, reviewing patients on complex medicine regimens, triaging and managing common ailments, responding to acute medicine requests and managing and prescribing for long-term conditions (often in conjunction with the practice nurse)
Prescription management - dealing with medication for patients recently discharged from hospital, supporting the practice to deliver on the QIPP and QOF agenda and enhanced services, delivering repeat prescription reviews, being the point of contact for all medicine-related queries and overseeing the practice’s repeat prescription policy
Audit and education
Pharmacists can hold minor ailment clinics, freeing up GP appointments and time. They can also be responsible for all prescription-related queries and clinical medicines reviews can be handed over from GPs to the pharmacist. Equally, in the case of a dispensing practice, a pharmacist can take responsibility for effective business management of the dispensary
Open to pharmacists registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
The General Practice Forward View programme includes an education and training pathway that clinical pharmacists will follow to support their continual professional development.
As with all pharmacists, clinical pharmacists are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
Clinical pharmacists in General Practice - BMA website
Clinical pharmacists in General Pracctice - NHS England website