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.

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 a clinical pharmacist 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

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 this.

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice programme

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.

Applicants from provider organisations will be able to submit applications from 9 January 2017 through an online portal.

How to get involved

Provider organisations can submit applications through the clinical pharmacist application portal. An example of the questions on the application portal and guidance on applying is available below.

Applicants from provider organisations will be able to submit applications on an ongoing basis through an online portal, although the deadline for the second wave of applications is 12th May 2017.

  • 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.

To apply for the scheme please see the clinical pharmacist application portal.

First wave of applications

Applications are considered on an ongoing basis. The first waves of applications for the clinical pharmacy roll out programme have been assessed and over 730 sites, covering nearly 6 million patients, will benefit from the skill mix and knowledge that clinical pharmacists bring to general practice.

The deadline for the second wave of applications is 12 May 2017.