RCGP-backed guide launched to help practices employ pharmacists

A guide for practices on employing pharmacists has been launched with the backing on the RCGP.

The guide explains the skills pharmacists can bring to general practice (Photo: iStock)
The guide explains the skills pharmacists can bring to general practice (Photo: iStock)

Published by the  Primary Care Pharmacists Association (PCPA), the free guide provides information on hiring and training and what skills a pharmacist can bring to general practice.

In July NHS England announced a £15m pilot scheme to part-fund clinical pharmacists in practices. The three-year programme aims to employ 250 pharmacists to help manage long-term conditions, provide advice for those with multiple medications, and better access to health checks.

Almost 1 in 10 GPs and practice managers surveyed by GPonline last month said they plan to hire a pharmacist in the next 12 months. 

PCPA practice pharmacist group chairman Ravi Sharma said the new guide would help encourage and support GPs employing pharmacists. ‘In my practices we have shown that having a pharmacist as part of the practice team, we can all work together in collaboration to improve patient health outcomes and deliver higher-quality care.’

GP Dr Jane Muir-Taylor added: ‘By having a pharmacist on our team, we have been able to reduce waiting times for appointments, improve patient health outcomes, increase access to healthcare, improve screening and diagnosis of chronic and common ailments, reduce A&E admissions and attendances, reduce medicines wastage and overuse, and overall, improve patient safety regarding use of their medicines.’

The guide includes detailed advice on how to recruit a practice pharmacist, with sample adverts, job descriptions, and detailed information on what exactly a pharmacist can do, including clinical services, prescription management, medicine management and audit and education. 

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