Pharmacists working in general practice are likely to find themselves deployed as part of the workforce that will vaccinate the population against the coronavirus, according to the November 12 primary care briefing from NHS England & Improvement.
In a note to primary care networks (PCNs) about the network contract directed enhanced services, NHSE & I says that while the number of structured medication reviews (SMRs) will be limited by PCN clinical pharmacist capacity, "depending on local clinical prioritisation, it is likely to be the case that Covid vaccination is considered a priority for deploying available clinical pharmacists in the short term."
The latest primary care briefing from medical director for primary care Dr Nikki Kanani and director for primary care Ed Waller details major reprioritisation of primary care in preparation for Covid-19 vaccination. This includes:
Further information will follow "in due course" about how PCNs can access further support from local systems to bring in additional workforce to support the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the note continues.
In a separate letter to general practice on November 9, Dr Kanani and Mr Waller said participating practices will need to work collaboratively with other practices to deliver vaccinations in PCN groupings. At least one site is likely to be designated initially per PCN grouping, with those sites needing to "collaborate with other community vaccination providers, as part of a co-ordinated local approach".