As the NHS Ten Year Plan starts to unfold and take shape Clinical Pharmacist roles on the increase.
With two schemes already in existence [the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme and the Medical Optimisation in Care Home Scheme] – the use of clinical pharmacists is already well established in the primary care network. However, with funding now available under the new GP five-year contract framework, the numbers of clinical pharmacists are growing. GP practices working in PCNs were given funding for up to 20,000 additional staff, and clinical pharmacists has been perhaps the most talked about.
So what is a Clinical Pharmacist, and what do they do?
They are highly qualified health professionals, and there are several ways that they can be used in practice to ease pressures on GP workload, improve waiting times and improve health outcomes for patients. Here are some of the jobs a clinical pharmacist can do:
- Provision of minor illness clinics
- Reviewing medication for patients recently discharged from hospital
- Completing repeat prescription reviews
- Medicines management
- Dealing with prescription-related queries and medicines reviews
- Overseeing the practice’s repeat prescription policy
- CQC preparedness
A study by the NHS has shown that clinical pharmacists in general practice are really benefiting patients. Practices are coming to realise that while clinical pharmacists perform a valuable role in supporting increasingly pressurised practice teams, that they also bring a range of different and complementary skills to the party, and in general give patients better personal care.
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