NHS England & Improvement has been criticised as having “unrealistic” expectations of pharmacists beginning to work in PCNs.
The leadership of primary care networks is dominated by doctors, with other primary care professionals almost entirely absent.
Community pharmacists must resist the urge to compete with one another and collaborate, the Pharmacy Show heard.
The deputy chief pharmaceutical officer was put on the spot at the Pharmacy Show.
Guidance to help LPCS and pharmacy contractors engage with primary care networks is being issued today.
Less than half of GP pharmacists in England have had access to the CPPE’s ‘clinical pharmacist’ qualification, the PDA said.
Health Education England has been told it must train 500 clinical pharmacists for roles in general practice by the end of 2019-2020.
The negotiator told Pharmacy Magazine it is “currently considering” what form this engagement might take
NHS England says it "needs the clinical skills of community pharmacists" for the new Primary Care Networks
Some said the plan represents an opportunity while other warned it was not sufficiently clear on community pharmacy’s role
The RPS has written to NHS England to put forward some key considerations for the primary care network initiative, and to argue that pharmacy “will be vital in delivering a sustainable NHS for the future”