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Recruitment for practice pharmacist pilot increases

NHS England: Pleased with scheme's progress in GP practices

NHS England wants to increase number of pharmacists it is locating in GP surgeries from 400 to "more than 450"


Almost half of the pharmacists due to be recruited into GP practices as part of an NHS England pilot are now in their posts, C+D has learned.

The commissioning body pledged £31 million last year to fund 403 clinical pharmacists to work in GP practices across 73 pilot areas. But it revealed to C+D last week that it has expanded the scheme to fund "over 450" pharmacists across 90 pilot sites.

NHS England had originally predicted that recruitment would be completed by spring 2016, and it said last week that “almost half” of the 450 pharmacists are now working in their new practices.

“We are pleased with the progress of the practice scheme and are confident it is going ahead as planned,” it said.

Unsuccessful applications

Some pilot sites had been unsuccessful in their applications to join the scheme, NHS England added. These decisions had been “determined locally” based on the "limited resources available", it said.

Last week, C+D discovered that one pilot site had struggled with GP practices dropping out of the scheme


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Dave Downham, Manager

Am I being thick; if a pilot site is a practice, then that's 5 pharmacists per practice which seems a tad high, unless we are talking regional practices comprising 10-20 surgeries. Then it still seems high.

Richard Binns, Primary care pharmacist

I think theres a lot of variance, but one full-time pharmacist per 20,000 patinets is a figure I've heard being used several times


Antonio Lex, Primary care pharmacist

This is great news :). I am currently a practice pharmacists and love it. I couldnt be happier I studied pharmacy

Chris Mckendrick, Community pharmacist

This is a serious question - what do you actually do?

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

certainly not sticking labels on boxes, and assembling MDS's like a moronic robot!!

Ivor Hadenuff, Primary care pharmacist

Why would anyone vote this down?

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Glad to hear there's some job satisfaction out there. There are a lot of good reasons why this scheme should be successful and I can see why DOH think it is worthwhile.

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

""Some pilot sites had been unsuccessful in their applications to join the scheme, NHS England added. ""


Very worrying once we know full context. Doubt if C&D will dig deeper.

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist


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