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Six million people to benefit from more clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries

 

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Six million people to benefit from more clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries

Up to 6 million people in England could soon have access to GP surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with routine medication and treatment.

Over 700 more practices in England will benefit from having a pharmacist located in their GP surgery, who could also help to free up GP time. Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team by providing expertise on day-to-day medicine issues and providing consultations with patients directly.

The clinical pharmacist in general practice programme started last year with around 600 practices involved in the first phase of the programme. Adding pharmacists to practice teams is one of the central aims of the GP Forward View, which promotes a richer workforce mix in general practice.

PCC, working with other organisations including the Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education, has supported the embedding of the new posts in pharmacies up and down the country.