General practice clinical pharmacists: an opportunity to be innovative or cynical?
September 15, 2015
Kamal Mahtani: Deputy Director of CEBM & NIHR Clinical Lecturer
Declining resources, an ageing population, multi-morbidity and rising demands are just some of the reasons adding to an unsustainable workload in general practice. As the RCGP point out in their discussion paper, there is an urgent need to develop strategies that can successfully reduce the workload on general practice while minimising the risk to patients.
As part of this, the RCGP Blueprint for building the new deal for general practice included a request to allow GPs time to innovate as well as find ways to free up more time for direct patient care. Within that remit was a specific call to provide practices with funding to pilot clinical pharmacists working within general practices. NHS England, as part of the general practice workforce action plan, launched the Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Pilot, backed by Health Education England, The Royal College of General Practitioners,British Medical Association’s GP Committee and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
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