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a dr and pharmacist meeting imageJanuary 9 2018

NHS England is reminding health service providers that money is available for another round of recruiting pharmacists to work in general practice. 

Applications need to be made by January 19 for this latest wave of recruitment. Providers participating in the ‘Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice’ scheme “will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their general practices for the long term,” said NHS England.

Pharmacists are being recruited at two levels, with senior clinical pharmacists overseeing teams of up to five clinical pharmacists. The General Practice Forward View has a commitment to recruiting “a pharmacist per 30,000 of the population… leading to a further 1,500 pharmacists in general practice by 2020.”

Over three years, NHS England will provide funding of £60,000 per clinical pharmacist and £73,000 per senior clinical pharmacist, with the proportion allocated dropping each year.

“The second wave of applications for the clinical pharmacy roll out programme has been assessed and with those announced in the first wave over 1,061 practices, covering nearly 18.5 million patients, will benefit from the skill mix and knowledge that clinical pharmacists bring to general practice,” it said.

A tweet on the NHS England Twitter account at the weekend said: “We are recruiting more clinical pharmacists because they provide leadership on medicines optimisation and quality improvement while contributing to the quality and outcomes framework and enhanced services: http://ow.ly/dbSJ30hwT0R #GPforwardview #GPPharmacists”

However, community pharmacist Graham Philips has criticised NHS England in its terminology. He has tweeted back: “Why do you persist with the divisive & tautological term ‘clinical’. Say what you mean. Practice Pharmacists.”

Links:
NHS England tweet           
NHS England ‘Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice’    
NHS England ‘Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 2’ (July 14 2017)       

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