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Practising pharmacy: the workforce crisis

Practising pharmacy: the workforce crisis

Practice-based pharmacists can complement the traditional role of the GP for the benefit and quality of patient care

Posted: 12 April 2016

If you’ve missed yesterday’s episode of this week’s feature about practice-based pharmacists, click here.

Writers: Dr Simon Hodes, Coach House Surgery, Bridgewater House and Rena Amin, Practice Based Pharmacist, Hartland Way Surgery

Two clinicians make the case for practice-based pharmacists to become a formalised role for the future.

It is clear the NHS has a problem providing patients access, and demand for access often outstrips supply. We know there is a crisis of both recruitment and retention within general practice. To compound this, many GPs are choosing to retire earlier or move abroad, and many more are working less than full-time due to family commitments or a portfolio of roles outside of their practice.

The workload for GPs is increasing, adding to pressure and burnout. On the contrary, there is currently an excess of pharmacists coming through clinical training. They represent a highly skilled and motivated workforce, who are excited about developing new skills and are prepared to step up to the roles needed within general practice. Pharmacists can help relieve the unsustainable pressures facing general practice and can also increase access for patients to see a suitable qualified healthcare professional.

This is not about pharmacists replacing GPs, but about pharmacists complementing the traditional role of the GP, for the benefit and quality of patient care.

Join us tomorrow for the third episode of this week’s feature on practice-based pharmacists as we’ll be discussing how to make it happen