The clinical pharmacists working in general practice was launched as a pilot scheme in 2015. The pilot scheme funded 89 applications from GP federations who recruited more than 490 pharmacists (>450 whole time equivalent (WTE) to work across 658 GP practices.
NHS England commissioned the University of Nottingham to independently evaluate the pilot scheme over a one year period. The evaluation aims to provide an overview of the first phase of the programme to integrate clinical pharmacists into general practice and identifies how best to implement and evaluate the final roll out. Within this process University of Nottingham identify the potential impact of the clinical pharmacists, describe how they are likely to affect working practices and how they may improve service delivery related to medicines both within the medical practice and working alongside clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy teams.
The full evaluation and executive summary was published in July 2018 and can be found on the University of Nottingham’s website.