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How much do you know about the role of clinical pharmacist?

Clinical pharmacists have been working in general practice for years, but hundreds more joined practice teams as part of a big NHS England national programme, and now with funding available under the primary care network contract, the numbers are growing.

If your practice or network currently has no practice pharmacists, you could be forgiven for thinking they do little more than review medicines. In fact, many now see patients, specialise in particular conditions, such as diabetes, and can ease GP workload by taking over time-consuming discharge reviews. At least two clinical pharmacists have been appointed as clinical directors for their PCN. Until earlier this year PCC led the organisational development work for the NHS England clinical pharmacists in general practice programme. We captured some of what we learned in the process in a guide to getting started, a follow-up looking at the pros and cons of sharing a pharmacist between two or more practices, and a collection of short case studies showing the value that the clinical pharmacist can bring. If you are adding clinical pharmacists to your team, contact us to talk about hands-on support to embed the new role successfully: enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk