Pharmacy Programme

Pharmacy Programme

Barnet Primary Care Training Hub have been leading the way in developing a strong, expanding pharmacy workforce dedicated to primary care. The Training Hub facilitates collaborative working across different pharmacy sectors, in the community, hospitals, CCG and primary care.   We also have a key role in supporting pharmacists with their learning and training needs, organising regular lunchtime meetings.

Pharmacy Student Training:

Starting the end of July 2020, we have had 8 pre-reg students in Barnet who will split their training between community pharmacies and GP practices.  We organise joint virtual tutorials to establish a peer support group.

Practice Based pharmacists:

We now have more than 30 practice-based pharmacists working across Barnet.  This includes pharmacists attached to Primary Care Networks (PCNs), who work across a number of practices within a PCN, as well as non-PCN pharmacists.   We have recently established a peer support group where pharmacists can share best practice and discuss challenges.   We hold regular ‘virtual’ meetings.

This has developed from the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Programme which began in January 2018 with five pharmacists working across 13 different GP surgeries across Barnet.  This was part 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 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.

Pharmacy Technicians 

Barnet Training Hub has also been leading on applying for a training grant to support the development of a cross-sector trainee pharmacy technicians. The application has been successful and there will be 6 trainee pharmacy technicians starting working jointly in Barnet practices and either community pharmacy, or the Royal Free Hospital shortly. We hope to have the trainees in post by February 2021. The Training Hub will coordinate the training and developmental needs across the different sectors, as well as facilitating peer support groups.  Trainees will be invited to join the existing Pan Barnet educational meetings

Prescription Clerks 

In 2019 the training hub ran a successful Prescribing Clerk programme to upskill GP receptionists.  It was co-designed and delivered by faculty pharmacy, non-clinical and GP educationalists plus the CCG’s medicines management team (MMT). Prescribing is the most common patient-led intervention and is the second highest area of spending in the NHS. Surprisingly, receptionists and administrative staff who make an important “hidden” contribution to quality and safety in repeat prescribing in general practice are not given any formal training.  Barnet Training Hub  felt that it was important to address this and focus on training on to empower practice staff to process repeat prescriptions efficiently (reducing the practice workload), safely (reducing harm to the patient) and cost effectively (reducing waste).

Due to Covid-19 we were not able to run the programme this year, however the Prescribing Clerk March 2021 cohort is fully subscribed and begun.


If you would like any more information about any of these projects please contact Pharmacy Lead, Femeeda Padhani