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New openings for 'clinical' pharmacists with GP contract

NHS England has announced a multi-billion deal that will introduce thousands of openings for ‘clinical’ pharmacists to support GPs.

Funded through a 5-year GP contract valued at £4.5 billion, part of the investment will be used to hire an “army” of staff to assist with practices working together. Pharmacists will form part of the core team, alongside paramedics and social prescribing support workers.

The GP contract has been termed as being the “biggest boost” to primary care in more than 15 years.

England’s chief pharmaceutical officer, Keith Ridge, said: “[the GP contract is] a boost for patient care and a tremendous vote of confidence in the pharmacy professions”.

“[These pharmacists will] undertake medication reviews for patients most in need – including those with dementia, cardiovascular disease and other major conditions.”

With the new contract, £1.8bn of the funding will be used to establish primary care networks across England by 2023.

In recruiting ‘clinical’ pharmacists, GP practices will be reimbursed 70% of the cost to recruit, capped at £37,810.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) chief executive, Simon Dukes, said: “[The five-year funding package is] exactly the approach the NHS must now take with community pharmacies, so that we too can play our part in improving local healthcare.

“For community pharmacy, the changes offer a unique opportunity for us to embed ourselves within primary care…[and] we must engage proactively with [GPs] and find ways to position ourselves within those primary care networks.”

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