Clinical pharmacists are increasingly working as part of general practice teams. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems and improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach.

Newham Health Collaborative has successfully recruited a number of clinical pharmacists, starting with the national Wave 3 Pharmacy Pilot in 2018, as well as primary care network pharmacists, so support is being provided to both our local practices and Primary Care Networks.

A successful pilot showed that clinical pharmacists in general practice are really benefiting patients. There are currently over 1000 Full Time Equivalent clinical pharmacists working across the country through the NHS England Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Programme.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to increasing the number of these health professionals working in primary care over the coming years. This will make it easier for patients to get a convenient appointment with the right expert health professional for their needs.

The new GP five-year contract framework was launched in January 2019 to support Primary Care Networks (PCNs) recruit up to an additional 20,000 additional staff to work in primary care teams including clinical pharmacists, physician associates, physiotherapists, community paramedics and social prescribing link workers.

If you would like to find out more about our pharmacy team and how they support our local services, please contact us at nhc@nhs.net.