This is a new addition to the primary healthcare team and the future plan for the NHS is to have one clinical pharmacist per surgery. Their role is medication management, to support GPs, and patients with medication reviews, queries and liaising with local pharmacies. Some CPs can prescribe so can see patients with less complex problems and advise about over the counter remedies available at local pharmacies. They will help patients in residential and nursing homes who often have multiple and complex medication requirements.
Primary care as a whole is under huge pressure at the moment. Nationally, over the last few months, general practice has provided 1 million more appointments per month compared with 2019. The pandemic has hit GP practices hard as, even prior to the pandemic, they were already under vast pressure from chronic underfunding of primary care services.
We have embraced a number of initiatives to try and help with this increased demand and have broadened our staff base, on the background of a GP recruitment crisis. These changes however were not enough and we are now changing how patients can access urgent appointments, as we cannot safely continue in the way we are currently operating. These changes are starting on October 1st 2021 and more information can be found at the following link Read more
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