Primary care pharmacists’ work is varied. Like other areas of pharmacy practice, work is normally focused around the safe and effective use of medicines, but may also include advising on the best use of the NHS medicines budget.
Pharmacists working in primary care will work closely with GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists and other health care professionals, and many are involved in:
Some primary care pharmacists work in strategic commissioning roles and have a lead role for all issues related to medicines and prescribing. Pharmacists with strategic roles are likely to have responsibility for or contribute to:
Many primary care pharmacists provide professional input to commissioning services from local community pharmacies. They may also be involved in contract monitoring or clinical governance (quality management) arrangements for pharmacies on behalf of the local primary care organisation or local professional network. Some will provide education and training for local prescribers and other healthcare professionals, such as smoking cessation co-ordinators. In practice, there may be a team of primary care pharmacists each taking a lead for one or more of these areas of work.