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Clinicial Pharmacists set to boost GP services in Luton

23 January 2018


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Nearly 150,000 patients are set to benefit from improved GP services in Luton, as NHS England approves funding to boost the number of surgery-based clinical pharmacists.

Clinical pharmacists can offer help for patients who have long-term conditions by carrying out clinical medicines reviews and managing repeat prescriptions and treatments.

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG)  successfully supported 15 GP practices for the funding for five pharmacists. The pharmacists expect to be in post from April 2018.  

Clinical pharmacists work as part of the multi-disciplinary general practice team using their expert knowledge of medicines to clinically assess and treat patients.Some are also able to prescribe and more are being trained so that eventually all will be independent prescribers. This includes helping to manage care for people with long-term conditions, such as high blood pressure, earlier and more effectively to prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disease; and giving advice on medicines and providing NHS health checks.

Dr Nina Pearson,Clinical Chair of Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Clinical pharmacists are a great addition to any surgery team. They are highly trained experts who can provide much needed support, including helping patients to manage long term conditions likes hypertension and diabetes, carrying out medication reviews and managing repeat prescriptions.

“Clinical pharmacists also undertake medicines reviews to proactively manage people who are taking multiple medicines, especially older people and those in residential care homes. They also provide leadership on improving outcomes and value from medicines, including ensuring prescribers in the practice conserve antibiotics in line with local antimicrobial stewardship guidance”.

The increase in pharmacists in general practice is part of a wider expansion of the general practice workforce so that patients have better local access to a range of highly trained health professionals, for their needs.

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Notes to editors

The General Practice Forward View committed to an additional 1500 clinical pharmacists in general practice by 2020/21, building on the 491 recruited as part of the pilot, making a total of 2,000. This is part of a wider expansion of the general practice workforce, including more nurses and mental health therapists so that patients have better local access to a range of highly trained health professionals, for their needs.

A total of 583 clinical pharmacists are already in post across the country.

The Midlands and East of England region has secured funding for 73 more clinical pharmacists working in 280 GP practices for patients. This brings the total to over 190 clinical pharmacists expected to be working in GP practices in the region in 2018 covering a population of nearly 6 million patients. 

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