Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

The General Practice Forward View committed to over £100m of investment to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. This is in addition to over 490 clinical pharmacists already working across approximately 650 GP practices as part of a pilot, launched in July 2015.

NHS England is inviting GP practices and other providers of general practice medical services to apply for funding to help recruit, train and develop more clinical pharmacists.

Providers participating in the programme will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their general practices for the long term.

Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medications and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.

Having clinical pharmacists in GP practices means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with complex conditions. This helps GPs manage the demands on their time.

How to apply

Provider organisations can submit applications on an ongoing basis through the clinical pharmacist application portal.

Guidance and example application

Guidance for Applicants – This guidance has been developed to help potential providers who wish to apply for funding through the Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice scheme. It acts as a guide to the implementation of the scheme and aids completion of the application form.

Example Application form – This form gives practices an indication of the question on the application portal and consider their responses.

In line with the guidance, an Enhanced Service (ES) has been developed to allocate the financial offer to providers of primary medical services for employing or gaining access to a clinical pharmacist and/or senior clinical pharmacist through Phase 2 of this programme.

Waves of applications

The second wave of applications for the clinical pharmacy roll out programme has been assessed and with those announced in the first wave over 1061 practices, covering nearly 18.5 million patients, will benefit from the skill mix and knowledge that clinical pharmacists bring to general practice.