Patients in the West Midlands are set to benefit from more convenient trips to the GP with the announcement by NHS England of new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with routine medication and treatment.
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.
This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions such as high blood pressure earlier and more effectively to prevent cardiovascular disease; advice for those on multiple medications; and offering better access to health checks. This all delivers quicker access to clinical advice for patients and allows GPs to spend more time with patients with more complex needs.
More than 700 practices in England will now benefit from having a pharmacist located in their GP surgery covering up to six million patients and helping to free up GP time. In today’s announcement, the scheme is being extended to 45 GP practices across England, including the following:
|Name of practice||Location|
|South Doc services My Healthcare||Birmingham|
|Coventry & Rugby GP Alliance||Coventry & Rugby|
|Taurus Healthcare Ltd||Herefordshire|
|Primary Care Warwickshire Federation||North Warwickshire|
|Whitestone Surgery||North Warwickshire|
David Williams, Lead Director for Primary Care for NHS England (West Midlands), said: “The clinical pharmacist programme is a clear win-win for patients and GPs. The pilots have shown GP workload to be eased while patients have the convenience of being seen by the right professional in a more timely way. The expansion of the programme today is great news for everyone.”
As well as prescribing, the clinical pharmacists undertake medicine reviews, help manage discharge of people from hospitals to make sure they are taking the right medicines in the right dose and identify patients who might need ongoing support to stay safe and well.
As part of NHS England’s sweeping measures to support general practice and give patients more convenient access to care, over £100m of investment will support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. This is in addition to more than 490 clinical pharmacists already working across approximately 650 GP practices as part of a pilot, launched in July 2015.
NHS England, Health Education England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association’s GP Committee are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to support the programme roll out.
For the full list of practices benefitting from today’s announcement please see the NHS England website