August 8, 2017
Forty practices to benefit from new clinical pharmacists
We’re delighted that another forty GP surgeries across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are going to benefit from clinical pharmacists who will be able to provide expert advice to over 400,000 patients. One Care led a bid on behalf of these practices earlier this year.
The scheme, jointly funded by NHS England and GP Practices, follows a successful pilot in 2015 and aims to free up GP time and allow them to see patients with more complex conditions. The clinical pharmacists will offer expert advice on medicine issues, those taking multiple medications and will work alongside GPs and nurses to help manage patient’s long-term conditions.
Rebecca Hennessy, GP at Northville Family Practice, said: “The new positions will provide additional resource to practices across the region. The service will benefit both patients, who will be able to be seen more quickly, and GPs who will be able to see those who need more complex advice and treatment.”
Ruth Taylor, our chief executive, said: “It is fantastic news for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area and will have a positive impact on general practice. Everyone is aware of the pressure GPs are currently under, and the arrival of clinical pharmacists across 40 practices will have a noticeable benefit for patients across the area. The success of the bid has been made possible by collaboration between all of the practices and the use of digital innovation.”