NHS England is to more than double its funding for a pilot scheme placing pharmacists in GP practice teams, now streaming a total of £31 million into the programme. Under the plans, the number of pharmacist posts in the pilot will be increasing from 250 to 403, giving more than seven million patients access to expert advice from a clinical
pharmacist when they visit their GP.
Pharmacists will be able to consult with and treat patients directly, which should help release some of the pressure on GPs by trimming their casework and allowing them to employ their skills where they are most needed.
PharmaTimes Digital, 17 November 2015