National Health Service (NHS) England has announced that more GP practices across the England are to get new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with regular medication and treatment.
More than 700 practices in England will now benefit from having a pharmacist in their local GP surgery, covering up to 6 million patients and easing the workload burden on GPs. These pharmacists will work as part of the general practice team, offering expertise and consultations as required including additional help to manage long-term conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and multi medications, as well as improve access to health checks.
NHS England is planning to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2021, which is in addition to the over 490 clinical pharmacists currently working across about 650 GP practices as part of a pilot scheme.
NHS England, the RCGP, Health Education England and the BMA's GP Committee are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to support the programme.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) welcomed the latest moves to ease pressure on primary care and said that Wider roll out of NHS England’s programme to place pharmacists in GP surgeries to work as part of the wider practice team is excellent news for general practice, and NHS patients. The initiative is already helping to lessen waiting times for patients in some areas, and free up GPs’ time for patients who really need their clinical expertise.
The Director of primary care at NHS England, Dr Arvind Madan said that the clinical pharmacist programme is a clear win-win for patients and GPs. The pilots have shown GP workload to be eased while patients have the convenience of being seen by the right professional in a more timely way. The expansion of the programme today is great news for everyone.
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