PSNC and BMA publish community pharmacy guide for GPs

PSNC and BMA publish community pharmacy guide for GPs

May 29, 2019

A guide on what community pharmacy does and how it operates has been developed for GPs and their practice teams.

With the emergence and ongoing development of Primary Care Networks, it is increasingly important for GP and community pharmacy teams to understand each other’s profession and the roles they undertake. To help with this, PSNC has recently updated The community pharmacy – A guide for general practitioners and practice staff­ and is collaborating with the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee (BMA GPC) to promote this guide among the GP and pharmacy professions.

PSNC recommends that community pharmacy teams and Local Pharmaceutical Committees promote this guide to their local GPs and Local Medical Committees to aid conversations on the transformation of primary care.

The document is an updated version of a briefing first published by PSNC, NHS Employers and the BMA in 2010 and provides information about community pharmacists and their teams. It covers key areas which are likely to be of interest to GPs and their teams, such as funding arrangements for pharmacies, the impact of different prescribing policies, and the range of clinical and administrative functions that community pharmacies currently provide.

A complementary guide, The GP practice – A guide for community pharmacists and pharmacy staff is currently being updated and will be published shortly by the BMA GPC and PSNC.

Commenting on the publication of this guide, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP Committee Chair, said:

“GPs and community pharmacists already work closely together on a day-to-day basis – and with a greater focus on the benefits of community-based care, this is only going to increase. Therefore it’s important that both GPs and pharmacists have a shared understanding of each others’ roles, and this guide will help develop that as well as encouraging improved cooperation between vitally important health professionals in primary care.”

Alastair Buxton, PSNC’s Director of NHS Services said:

“The publication of this updated guide is very timely, as general practices across England are actively starting to build local Primary Care Networks. Full engagement of community pharmacy in the work of PCNs will be easier to achieve where local GPs and their teams have a clear understanding of how community pharmacies operate and the support they provide to patients and the public. This revised guide is a tool pharmacy contractors and LPCs can use to help develop that understanding.”

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