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Press release: Pharmacist led care in General Practice

Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to announce the publication of research funded by the charity which explores the attitude and perceptions of GPs to pharmacist led care in general practice and identifies perceived barriers and facilitators to the integration of pharmacists in to general practice.

The research was conducted by Tahmina Rokib at the University of Sunderland and is particularly appropriate given the current pressures on primary care services within the NHS. The study concluded that GPs believe integration of pharmacists in general practice can:

  • Reduce GP workload,
  • Improve prescribing safety; and
  • Improve medicines optimisation.

 

In particular pharmacist independent prescribers were perceived to have a wider scope of practice and a greater impact on workload pressures.

Negative professional attitudes and a lack of confidence in pharmacists’ clinical aptitude were thought to be potential barriers to the integration of pharmacists in this setting; however it is thought that this can be overcome by colocation and team work, as well as further pharmacist training.

This study provides insight in to the attitudes and perceptions of GPs to pharmacist led care in general practice. The findings demonstrate the perceived benefits of the integration of pharmacists, the scope of practice as well as the perceived barriers and facilitators to the integration of pharmacists’ in general practice. These findings may inform future planning, development and implementation of this emerging role on an individual practice level and nationwide.

 

For more information please contact PRUK at practice.research@rpharms.com

Notes to Editors

  1. PRUK is the principle funder of pharmacy research in the UK. Founded as a result of a merger in 2012 of two previous research funding charities, PRUK has a broad programme of research in place. PRUK funds both research projects and individual bursaries to improve skills across the pharmacy sector. Registered charity number 1148335.
  2. For the full research report see http://pharmacyresearchuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Pharmacist-led-care-in-General-Practice.pdf
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