Working in a GP Practice - a guide

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have produced a range of support tools to help practices prepare for an inspection, including a handbook and an explanation of their approach to inspection and what to expect. There are also examples of outstanding practice.

Additionally, the British Medication Association have produced a practical guide for GP practices preparing for their inspection by the CQC.

Sections on this page

  • About the role
  • Practical guidance
  • Legal and regulatory framework
  • Managing medicines
  • Professional guidance and ethical issues
  • Clinical guidance and support tools
  • Using the Foundation framework to prepare for working in a GP surgery
  • Building your Faculty portfolio while working in a GP practice
  • Clinical training and support

We believe primary care patients should have the benefit of a pharmacist’s clinical expertise, just like hospital patients do. This will help patients make the best use of their medicines and reduce hospital admissions.

There are more and more pharmacists across England, Scotland and Wales in clinical roles within GP practices. We support the closer working of pharmacists with GPs and have been encouraging more of these roles to be developed.

Find out more about our Pharmacists and GP surgeries campaign in England and RPS in Scotland joint policy statement with RCGP Scotland.

This guide will support you working in or with GP Practices. It's useful for pharmacists thinking of a clinical career in general practice or starting work in a GP practice for the first time. 

It's also useful for pharmacists already supporting GPs and their colleagues in primary care roles.