Pharmacists will be a vital part of Primary Care Networks, say NHS England

Pharmacists will be a vital part of Primary Care Networks, say NHS England

January 31, 2019

Following this morning’s announcement of a GP funding deal which will transform primary care, NHS England has confirmed the role that pharmacists will play as part of that transformation.

In the latest Pharmacy and Medicines Bulletin, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Keith Ridge, recognises the need to utilise the clinical skills of community pharmacy professionals as NHS England works towards making the Long Term Plan a reality.

The plans include pharmacists becoming part of core general practice teams – enabling patients to access expert advice about medicines much more quickly – and the community pharmacy sector will develop strong links with the emerging Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Dr Ridge states that “subject to contract negotiation, the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service may be extended” and pilot referral services from GP practices to community pharmacies will begin in several PCN areas.

Read the bulletin in full

PSNC Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, said:

“We are pleased to hear the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer recognising the clinical skills that community pharmacy teams possess. It is particularly encouraging to hear that NHS England is planning to discuss the national rollout of the Digital Minor Illness Referral Service and we look forward to starting contract negotiations as soon as possible.”

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