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Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

“Clinical pharmacists are increasingly working as part of general practice teams. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems and improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach."

Pharmacy Technicians

"Pharmacy technicians are a vital part of the pharmacy team and work under the supervision, direction, or guidance of a pharmacist. 

Pharmacy Technicians work in a wide range of settings, including (but not exclusively): registered pharmacies, community services, justice (the Prison Service), GP Practices, dispensing doctors’ practices, care homes and clinical commissioning groups, hospitals, mental health, defence (HM Armed Services) and within the pharmaceutical industry. They prepare medicines and other healthcare products for the supply to patients. They also take an active role in providing patients with guidance on taking medicines."  General Pharmaceutical Council

Safe Prescribing - The PDA (Pharmacists Defence Union)

The PDA (Pharmacists Defence Union) in November 2019 issued guidance and advice around safe prescribing following a number of significant events. There is a link in the article to “High level principles for good practice in remote consultations and prescribing” and a section on competencies and recommendations from June 2019.

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Useful Links and Publications

Clinical Pharmacists Role in PCNs - Published in Prescriber in November 2019

General Pharmaceutical Council - regulate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Great Britain. 

The role of Community Pharmacists - Updated Aug 2020.

Wessex LMCs - our website has a selection of pages on Pharmacies and Pharmacists

Moving into the role of a GP practice-based pharmacist - NHSE & Royal College of Pharmacists

Clinical pharmacists in general practice patient film: The Old School Surgery, Bristol  

The PDA - A membership organisation representing individual pharmacists and pharmacy students

BMA - Employing clinical pharmacists in GP practices

Clinical Pharmacists | Dorset Primary Care Training Hub (

Pharmacy –

Pharmacy - Working across Wessex (

Surrey Training Hub - Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)

Taken from: NHS England » Clinical pharmacists:



Structured medication reviews and the primary care network multidisciplinary approach
Video case study from Dr Lawrence Brad and Steve Williams of the Westbourne Medical Centre in Bournemouth
Read about the difference one clinical pharmacist is making at Wallingbrook Health Group.
As general practice evolves, clinical pharmacy expands
Clinical Pharmacists in Wallingbrook Health Group, Devon
Video case study for patients: Old School Surgery, Bristol Clinical Pharmacists in Norwich
Video case study for GPs: Wolverhampton Road Surgery
Clinical Pharmacists prescribing better care
Clinical Pharmacist at the front line in providing healthcare to homeless



Read Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Keith Ridge’s reflections on the increasing importance of clinical pharmacists in general practice
Read Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Bruce Warner’s blog on the benefits of relaxing the current criteria for clinical pharmacists in general practice


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Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 1898 views