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NHS England holding seminars on £15m practice pharmacists fund

NHS managers are holding a series of webinars and events to tell practices how to bid for a share of the £15m fund to help cover the cost of recruiting clinical pharmacists.

NHS England said that it that applications for funding can be submitted between Friday 11 September 2015 and Thursday 17 September.

Webinars are taking place on the 12th and 26th of August, while the live events - which will give GPs the opportunity to ask questions of a live panel - are scheduled for 20 August in Leeds and 2 September in Manchester.

The scheme was launched in early July following from health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of a ‘new deal’ for GPs, in which the Government is looking to introduce 5,000 staff - including pharmacists, physician associates and practise nurses - into general practice by 2020.

As part of the three-year pilot - which will see 300 pharmacists employed directly by practices - NHS England has said it will fund 60% of the costs of pharmacists to the practices for the first 12 months of employment, dropping to 40% in the second year and 20% in the third year.

Readers' comments (3)

  • We looked into this and it just wasn't worth it (for us). Good luck to those applying but we couldn't see enough benefit in hiring someone that would quickly become the second most expensive person in the building with us having to pick up most of the tab after the first year.

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  • can look after my workload - resignation letter in today.
    good luck everyone.
    excellent idea but eventually no funding - can this replace even a part time part time GP with experience

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  • Anything that is only partly funded and you're left to hold the baby is a false economy. If only these money grabbing good for nothing greedy GP's all in unison said "NO, go forth and multiply" to who so ever thought up this brilliant idea and not one of us actually attended or showed an interest in it, the crap might stop. But GP's uniting in one voice is never ever going to happen. Shame.

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