Nearly 34 million patients will benefit from improved GP services as NHS England boosts the number of surgery-based clinical pharmacists that can offer expert medication and treatment.

Clinical Pharmacists work as part of the general practice team by offering clinical expertise on day-to-day medicine issues and providing consultations with patients directly. This includes extra help to manage long-term conditions; advice for those on a variety of medications and better access to health checks.

Dr Arvind Madan, GP and NHS England Director of Primary Care, said: “The clinical pharmacist programme has proven to be a hugely popular with GP Practices, patients and Pharmacists themselves.

Clinical Pharmacists have a wealth of knowledge and skills to offer great patient care, in a more convenient way and are also taking some of the pressure off GPs, particularly at this time of year when we know demand is even greater than usual.”

NHS England, Health Education England (HEE), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association’s  (BMA’s) GP Committee are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)  to support the programme roll out.

This article is from the NHS England Midlands and East website: