Overview of GP pharmacists programme
QHS was recently successful in an NHS England bid to recruit clinical pharmacists who will become part of the general practice team.
QHS will be introducing up to eight clinical pharmacists who will be phasing into posts over the coming months. The roles have been established in partnership with NHSE‘s education and training partners, providing pathways to support the pharmacists to develop as primary care clinicians and independent prescribers within practices across QHS.
Purpose of programme
Clinical pharmacists are highly trained experts in medicines and as part of the GP Forward View will be helping to reduce demand on GP practices and supporting the management of patients with long term conditions.
The aim is to reduce demand on GPs and more importantly improve the quality and safety of prescribing for patients by providing medicines reviews for patients. The clinical pharmacists will also be trained to become prescribers to run clinics for people with long term conditions such as asthma.
This programme of work also aims to improve links with community pharmacists and improve communication and ensure a more seamless transfer between the hospital and community.
The clinical pharmacists will be working within the four neighbourhoods in north Southwark (Borough, Walworth, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe).
What have we done so far?
We have embedded two clinical pharmacists who are now working across practices in Bermondsey and Rotherhite. We will be introducing three more pharmacists from February 2018 who will be working across Walworth and Borough.
Pharmacists are having a thorough induction in general practice so that they can integrate with their practice teams and across QHS. Their focus in the upcoming months will be to support practices with medicines reviews for patients.
What are our plans for the future?
We are still in the process of recruiting two pharmacists.
By April 2018 clinical pharmacists will be training as independent prescribers and running patient facing clinics.