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Revealed: Next 53 GP groups recruiting over 160 'clinical' pharmacists

NHS England has revealed the names of 53 GP groups whose surgeries will take on over 160 more pharmacists in its latest wave of recruitment.

See the map below to find out the locations of the groups of GP practices.

This third wave follows the introduction of “clinical” pharmacists into 45 GP groups – announced in April last year – and a further 83 GP groups announced in July.

This takes the total number of pharmacists recruited under the scheme to more than 1,100, working across over 3,200 GP practices covering over 40% of the country, NHS England said in an announcement on Wednesday (January 10).

The expansion of the programme follows a 2015 pilot where NHS England recruited an estimated 490 pharmacists across 650 GP practices.

The following year, the commissioner pledged to invest over £112 million to get an extra 1,500 pharmacists into general practice by 2021, to help relieve GP workload.

Announcing the latest recruitment wave, NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan said: “The clinical pharmacist programme has proven to be a hugely popular with practices, patients and pharmacists themselves.”

Another wave is on its way, with NHS England taking applications from GP practices until January 19.

You can view NHS England spreadsheets detailing all of the GP groups participating in the three pharmacist recruitment waves here.

Where are the 53 GP groups?

C+D's map below lists 38 of the participating GP groups. C+D has asked NHS England for clarification of the locations of the remaining 15 of the participating groups.

You can view more details about the applicants by clicking on the markers.

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