Clinical pharmacists work in primary care as part of a multidisciplinary team in a patient facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. They work with and alongside the general practice team, taking responsibility for patients with chronic diseases and undertaking clinical medication reviews to proactively manage people with complex medication use, especially for the elderly, people in care homes and those with multiple conditions.
Benefits for the Practice
- Ensure safer prescribing and greater patient safety
- Increase GPs’ capacity to see more patients
Benefits for the Patient
- Support best use of patient medicine
- Help patients identify medicine-related issues
- Enable self-care and self-management of patients’ conditions
Training & Development
A Pharmacy degree and registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the equivalent regulatory authority in your home country is a pre-requisite. There will then be 18-month Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway (PCPEP). This pathway equips the pharmacist to be able to practice and prescribe safely and effectively in a primary care setting.