UK pharmacists keen to work in GP surgeries


health professionals lined up: Primary Health Networks

More than 120 English pharmacists have joined a group for those interested in working in British GP surgeries, Chemist+Druggist reports.

NHS England recently launched a new £15m scheme to fund, recruit and employ clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries.

This was followed by a call from Pharmaceutical Society of Australia president Joe Demarte to implement a similar program in Australia.

C+D reports that the Primary Care Pharmacists’ Association set up the group for interested pharmacists in March, when the announcement regarding the GP surgery initiative was first discussed.

The group now has 126 members, it told C+D, and was looking to recruit regional representatives around the United Kingdom.

Group chair Ravi Sharma told the UK pharmacy publication that the group was excited about the funding because it meant “everyone is talking about pharmacy at a national level”.

It offers great scope for GPs and community pharmacy to be linked more effectively, he said.

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