25/06/2015 - RPS Scotland welcomes 16.2m funding for pharmacist independent prescribers

The Scottish Government has announced £16.2m funding for pharmacist independent prescribers over three years. This funding will be allocated to recruit up to 140 new pharmacists, with advanced clinical skills training, to work directly with GP practices to support the care of patients with long-term conditions.

Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland, said: “Just a few days ago we published our position statement on pharmacists working in GP practices. This investment in pharmacist independent prescribers is welcome news and particularly encouraging in helping to improve access to pharmaceutical care.”
 
Our driving principle is that all patients should have access to pharmaceutical care. Equally we believe that GP practices, including dispensing practices, should have access to the expertise of a pharmacist. The pharmacist should be patient facing in their role first and foremost, and included in both the decisions and governance of practice prescribing to improve patient care. Pharmacist input could be sessional or full time and could be achieved with both generalist and specialist input using primary, community or secondary care pharmacists working in/with the practice, according to local needs.
 
Read our news story for further details on our views on pharmacists working in GP practices.