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NHS England approves funding for a further 219 practice pharmacists

NHS England has approved bids to hire a further 219 pharmacists to support GP practices with clinical workload.

This is the result of the first assessment of bids to the £112m practice pharmacist scheme pledged in last year's GP Forward View, and NHS England said it would benefit around 700 GP practices.

Practices continue to be able to apply to the scheme, and NHS England will approve a new wave of bids later this spring.

The new pharmacists will be in addition to the 490 hired in a pilot phase of the scheme, which launched in 2015 and benefitted some 650 practices.

NHS England's scheme intends for an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in GP practices by 2020/21, beyond the numbers hired in the pilot phase.

NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan said: '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.'

As well as prescribing, the clinical pharmacists undertake medicine reviews, help manage discharge of people from hospitals to make sure they are taking the right medicines in the right dose and identify patients who might need ongoing support to stay safe and well, NHS England said.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Vinci Ho

    1500 seems to be 'fashionable' figure. By 2020 , the number of GP practices will be down to this figure as well according to somebody's aspiration???
    Call me a cynical ba****d......

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  • 'The clinical pharmacist programme is a clear win-win for patients and GPs."

    Is it? The pharmacists are employed and paid by practices, directly on indirectly. GP partners will have to manage the contract, including employment issues. Pharmacists will refer on to the on-call GP for queries. In short, be prepared for a drop in take-home pay and no overall reduction in your workload. The subsidised funding is only for 3 years. NHSE or CCGs will not employ them directly. I wonder why?

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  • Pharmacists appear to be the main new 'helpers' for general practice, as there is an oversupply coming out of university. The same does not apply to physicians assistants and paramedics.

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  • Dear All,
    NHSE approves GPs spending their own money to sort out problems heaped on them by NHSE.
    Like crop circles, neat and tidy but not allways clear fathomable.
    Paul C

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  • the subsidised rate for a clinical pharmacist is not a very generous one, so I agree partners willl bear the brunt of the added/hidden costs of employment amongst all the jazz of employing a possible unknown entity to general practice which may or may not work (it may be highly person dependent)
    I am not sure how this is "win win". Surely these spokespeople should be scrutinised.........

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