The national learning pathway Developing clinical pharmacists in general practice describes the vision, core principles and themes of the training pathwayRead more on GP pharmacist training pathway
Non-medical prescribing is the term used to describe any prescribing done by a healthcare professional other than a doctor or dentist. It can also be termed ‘non-doctor’ prescribing. Who can be a non-medical prescriber? Nurses, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers.
Pharmacy Non-medical Prescribing
Courses in the region which offer pharmacist prescribing are funded by Health Education England through Universities within Yorkshire and the Humber. Acceptance onto the training programme is confirmation of funding for the programme. There is an admission process and criteria which must be met to support training. Eligibility includes having the relevant governance and mentor support in place along with the opportunity to use the training once qualified. The university will be able to outline further details but this includes support from a doctor to act as the Designated Medical Practitioner.
Please download the provision and contacts information so that you can make further enquiries directly with the Universities.
Community Pharmacy Queries
We currently fund training places for those offering services to NHS patients more than fifty percent of the time, and have supported community pharmacy applicants. However, the previous DH stipulation still applies, which is that there must be assurance that the individual can use their prescribing qualification as soon as they get it. So, for community pharmacists this usually involves the local support of a business case, in order to secure a prescribing budget and access to prescriptions once qualified.
Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice
From NHS England: In July 2015, a pilot was launched to kick start the expansion of clinical pharmacy in general practice. As a result, by December 2016, over 490 additional clinical pharmacists were working across approximately 650 GP practices across the country. Following the success of the pilot, NHS England will be inviting GP practices and other providers of general practice medical services to apply for funding to help recruit, train and develop more clinical pharmacists to meet the commitment of an additional 1,500 clinical pharmacists in general practice by 2020/21. Providers participating in the programme will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their general practices for the long term.
Applicants from provider organisations will be able to submit applications from 9th January 2017 through an online portal. The first cohort of successful participating providers will be announced in March. For more information see the NHS England links at the bottom of this page.
Pharmacist Careers Advice
With regard to job/career opportunities within the region, you could register with job sites such as NHS jobs, and others which link to GP practice vacancies to be made aware of job opportunities. CPPE (Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education) currently offer the training for pharmacists in GP practices, and they may be able to provide more information (see link at bottom of page).
Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with and treat patients directly.Find out more on Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice
The initial £15m pilot, supported by Health Education England, the RCGP and the BMA, has proved so popular with patients and GP practices that NHS England doubled the funding to £31m in November 2015.Find out more here