Pharmacists’ clinical role has rapidly expanded over recent years, with more individuals working in general practice, as independent prescribers, and providing extra services such as aesthetics clinics and vaccinations.
Glyn Walduck, head of claims at the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) – which provides professional indemnity insurance – says it is “no secret” that the pharmacist’s role has changed “exponentially”.
“The NHS and primary care are under increasing strain and pharmacists, like all other healthcare professionals, are being asked to step up. They are involved in many things now that hitherto they wouldn’t have gone anywhere near.”
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Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s chair Mark Koziol says pharmacists becoming more clinical and taking on more responsibilities “is likely to accelerate over the next few years”. “We see that