Pharmacy Programme

Pharmacy minor illness clinics

This project aimed to upskill pharmacists in the assessment and management of minor illnesses, and encourage different ways of working as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. Pharmacists are an important part of the primary care team who may be able to expand the type of care they offer either in community pharmacies or GP surgeries. This can help meet the growing demands of an evolving NHS.

We recruited five community pharmacists to work alongside five GPs for a total of 10 sessions (3-hours long) across Barnet GP surgeries. These sessions provided the opportunity for pharmacists to learn in a supported environment and practice clinical assessment skills, history taking, consultation skills as well as training using the EMIS patient record system. A total of 46 minor illness clinics (MIC) were run between February 2017 and August 2017 and 275 patients were seen in these joint sessions.

NHS England Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Phase 2

The Barnet CEPN were successful in their joint bid with the Barnet Federated GPs (BFG) for phase 2 of NHS England’s Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Programme. This is a 3-year scheme with the aim of supporting and training clinical pharmacists working in general practice, and fulfilling the Five Year Forward View commitment of delivering a pharmacist per 30,000 of the population. Clinical pharmacists will work in General Practices as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be involved in medicines management/optimisation as well as develop patient facing roles such as long-term disease clinics, polypharmacy reviews and minor illness.

We have successfully recruited 5 pharmacists who will work across 13 different GP surgeries across Barnet. They started working in January/February 2018 and will be employed by Barnet Federated GPs for the duration of the programme. Their training will be provided by the educational provider, Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) as well as additional support from the Barnet CEPN.

If you would like any more information about any of these projects please contact either Femeeda Padhani femeeda.padhani@nhs.net

or Dr Nikesh Patel nikesh.patel@nhs.net