In 2015, NHS England began a pilot scheme to spread an estimated 450 “clinical pharmacists” across 650 GP practices. A year later, it inserted a commitment into its General Practice Forward View document to parachute a further 1,500 pharmacists into general practice by 2020.
NHS England says the "appetite" among pharmacists and GPs for the pilot scheme was "high". But the expansion of the initiative – which came with £122 million in additional funding – prompted concern from some community pharmacy representatives that the plans were diverting resources to general practice that could have been used more effectively in their own sector.
So is this another NHS fad that will fall by the wayside when the money dries up? Or is this a