NHS England is launching a new clinical pharmacy scheme, with £112m attached to it. GP practices will be invited to apply for funding to help recruit, train and develop clinical pharmacists.
Practices participating in the programme will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their surgeries.
Applicants 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.
Details of the scheme and access to the online application portal (when it is available) can be found on NHS England’s website – www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/workforce/cp-gp
Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, BMA GP committee executive team member has commented that this is an encouraging scheme which should help reduce workload for over stretched GP practices but by itself, this project will not solve the crisis facing GP services.