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

C+D has asked NHS England for clarification of 15 GP recruitment locations
C+D has asked NHS England for clarification of 15 GP recruitment locations

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.

14 Comments
Question: 
Would you consider applying for one of the GP pharmacist roles?

Ivor Hadenuff, Primary care pharmacist

And now you are psychic and know who applied for what? I didn't apply to medicine because I didn't fancy the up-close-and-personal aspects of it - that hasn't changed but I do enjoy the couple of days a week when I can be involved in making sure that prescribing is safe and appropriate

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

Guess this would keep those failed medical school entrants happy ... I understand surgeries are paying these 'clinical pharmacists' Band 8A, maybe some 8C or even 9A, and they get to play doctor. Pretty cheap compared with doctors, the same as nurse practitioners, but cheaper than physicians' assistants!

This is the first time, since becoming a registered pharmacist in 1979, that the Chemist & Druggist (yes, they have been going this long) have written about a pay cut, and a decreased status (from being an independant professional to an employee supplementary to a surgery) as being 'positive'. 

This decision to recruit, according to the C&D, is made by Dr Arvind Madan whose primary aim is to cut the costs of primary care. Professional pride and economics would preclude me from applying for these positions.

Ivor Hadenuff, Primary care pharmacist

9A - if only - and for what its worth, that would be salaried GP rate.

You need to get the chip off your shoulder. Let other people make their own career choices and enjoy their work as much as possible.

And how are employee pharmacists with Boots etc any different to those working for GPs in terms of professional independence? I've worked in a number of surgeries and have had no problems in exerting my independence in deciding whther I should or shouldn't issue medication. Not quite the case with MURs etc is it?

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

I am not saying you shouldn't play second rate medic. Go ahead, feel free, but count me out for the above reasons. Your response proved my point.

Ivor Hadenuff, Primary care pharmacist

No-one's playing second rate medic, just being pharmacists who make the most of their detailed knowledge of the use of medicines to help patients. Ever since I qualified there's been talk of "doctors diagnose, pharmacists prescribe". Well in some places that's becoming more of a reality and I certainly welcome it.

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

This use of the phrase "'clinical' pharmacist" with the clinical bit in quotes... has this become the accepted norm now? It just looks a bit clumsy and awkward. What will our GP colleagues think? Or is it just among ourselves we use the quotes and remove them in material intended for circulation outside the profession? Is this a use of 'scare quotes' -  which may imply skepticism or disagreement, belief that the words are misused, or that the writer intends a meaning opposite to the words enclosed in quotes?[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scare_quotes]

Is it to appease us, presumably, 'non-clinical' pharmacists? How do 'clinical' pharmacists feel about this?

It's all a bit odd, confusing and suggests a 'profession' (scare quotes to imply skepticism) with a bit of an inferiority complex. Maybe we should just forget about it all and stick with the plain old 'pharmacist' moniker!

M P, Community pharmacist

Agree. Drop the ‘clinical’. Pharmacist is sufficient. 

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

I disagree because I have met many 'clinical' pharmacists who think I am somehow inferior to them. One even told my trainee (on my day off) that I being an old fashioned pharmacist do not have the necessary knowledge or training to cope with the modern 'clinical content' of the job. I think that sort of 'pharmacists' need that word in their title for their own inferiority, and there are many of them failed medics around. Let them kid themselves and keep the word.

Craig Marsh, Community pharmacist

I don’t agree with the term ‘clinical’ Pharmacist, doesn’t make sense to me.  Aren’t all Pharmacist clinical?  Practice Pharmacist or Pharmacist Prescriber does what it says on the tin.  

Beta Blocker, Primary care pharmacist

Sorry, who was the one with the inferiority complex? Reading your comments.... it looks like its you LOL

And if you are a pharmacy area manager as your title indicates.... enjoy the number crunching and all the rubbish that goes with it... MURS and NMS. Nothing 'clinical' about that my friend.

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

If I want to be clinical I would have gone to medical school. I applied for pharmacy as my first choice, unlike most of you. 

Ivor Hadenuff, Primary care pharmacist

How do you know what I applied for?!

Didn't fancy medicine as it happens and still don't, but I do enjoy making sure that prescribing is safe and effective 

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Primary Care Pharmacist v community pharmacist. Amusing really. Both paid peanuts.

Beta Blocker, Primary care pharmacist

*This comment has been deleted for breaching C+D's community principles*

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