In line with the GP Forward View plan, Primary Care Professionals have been recruiting Pharmacists in preparation for the demand of Pharmacists in GP surgeries across the country.
We will have fully vetted Pharmacists who will be trained to the level as set out by the Forward View plan, ready to start work by the beginning of October this year.
At the end of August, Mark Spencer, a GP, Medical Director of FCMS and Co-Chair, New NHS Alliance wrote an article for GPonline where he said that the education and training package being provided to support Pharmacists working in GP Practices will take up to two years to complete.
Although we would recommend this training to any Pharmacist intending to work in General Practice, we are offering a one-day course which covers every aspect of the initial training required, as set out by the guide produced by the PCPA. On completing this training to a qualifying standard, our Pharmacists will be immediately available to work in GP surgeries.
Mark Spencer also discussed the need to resolve Clinical Responsibility and Indemnity. As there is no existing policy on the market that covers Pharmacists working in General Practice, Primary Care Professionals are interacting with senior executives of NHS England to develop a master indemnity policy that meets the impending guidelines due to be set by NHS England, which will enable further Clinical Pharmacists to continue to work in Practices at no further cost to the Practice.