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RPS report calls for increased NHS role for pharmacists

6th November 2013

A new industry report has highlighted the potential benefits of involving pharmacists more prominently in the provision of NHS care.

Published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)-created Commission into Future Models of Care, the study has called for pharmacists and their employers to shift their focus away from dispensing and supply of medicines towards providing a broader range of services.

According to the report, this could help to reduce demand on GPs, out-of-hours and hospital services, improve access and care for patients and free up capacity within the NHS, at a time when budgets are constrained.

It called on NHS England, the Department of Health and pharmacy leaders to join together to make this happen.

Dr David Branford, chair of the RPS English board, said: "Study after study has demonstrated that the best outcomes for patients and the safest use of medicines come when pharmacists and doctors work closely together as a part of a multidisciplinary team."

The report has been welcomed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, which suggested that greater cooperation between GPs and pharmacists could help to ease the workload of both groups.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801657725-ADNFCR

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