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scottish government buildingSeptember 9 2-15

The Scottish Government has pledged to recruit 140 new pharmacists with advanced clinical skills training to work directly with GP practices.

It also intends to complete the integration of health and social care by 2016 and will test 10 new models of primary care in the final year of the current Scottish parliamentary term. Other pledges include improving winter planning, mental health services and patient safety.

The commitments are made in ‘A Stronger Scotland’, the Scottish Government’s programme for 2015-16, launched by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The document sets out priorities across a range of ministerial responsibilities including education and other public service sectors.

For healthcare, the document describes how the programme will enhance primary and community care. Te government will have invested a further £10 million in primary care by the end of 2015-16 and promises further investment of £50 million over the next two years.

In addition to recruiting pharmacists for general practice, the Scottish Government pledges to:

  • support GP practices to test new ways of working to improve services for patients and influence the GP contract
  • support and accelerate use of digital services by GP practices
  • increase the number of medical students choosing to train as GPs
  • fund the Scottish School of Primary Care to improve research and training for primary care.

Among the new primary care models to be tested are examples of GP practices working with other agencies, such as the Scottish Ambulance Service, to provide round the clock care in rural areas.

“In the future, GPs must be able to focus on complex diagnosis, organise the management of conditions and drugs as part of multi-disciplinary teams, and tackle the challenges that come with managing more people in the community,” says the document.

Commenting on the programme, Alex MacKinnon, Director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, said: “It is clear that the Scottish Government intends to build the future of primary care around ‘Community Health hubs’.

“We advocate that every hub would need a multidisciplinary leadership team to enable the skills of healthcare professionals to be fully utilised for the benefit of patients. Pharmacists must be an essential part of this team so that our profession’s expert knowledge in medicines and pharmaceutical care is provided routinely regardless of setting.”

Links:

Scottish Government announcement   

‘A Stronger Scotland: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2015-16’                

RPS in Scotland comment            

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