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NHS 10-year plan – pharmacists’ role

9th January 2019

The new NHS 10 year plan announced by the government recently contains the proposal to invest £4.5bn in attaching multidisciplinary teams to primary care networks of neighbouring GP surgeries, which could receive financial incentives generated by pharmacists. The networks, which already exist in some parts of the UK, cater for between 30,000 and 50,000 patients, and will each employ a team of healthcare professionals including GPs, pharmacists and nurses who would be able to take part in a shared savings scheme, allowing them to keep some of the savings made by medication reviews carried out by pharmacists.
The plan states that pharmacists will be expected to undertake a range of medicine reviews, including educating patients on the correct use of inhalers and support the uptake of new smart inhalers. Pharmacists within the networks will be supported to find and treat people with high-risk conditions, such as high blood pressure, through NHS Health Check. Part of the funding for primary care networks will be used to substantially expand the number of clinical pharmacists. Greater use will be made of community pharmacists’ skills and opportunities to engage patients, while also exploring further efficiencies through reform of reimbursement and wider supply arrangements. It also confirms that from 2019, the NHS 111 phone service will refer patients on to community pharmacies where necessary across the country.

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