Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice

In July 2015, the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice pilot was launched in England with an investment of over £100m from the General Practice Forward View. This has enabled over 490 pharmacists to have integrated roles in general practice teams and access to additional training. The pilot has been extended with an aim to recruit an additional 1500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. The Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) has been awarded a contract worth £10m from Health Education England to develop and deliver a package of education for the GP pharmacists on this initiative. The University of Exeter Medical School is one of the regional higher education institution partners that will work with CPPE so that specialised training can be delivered locally in the South West.

The University of Exeter Medical School is ideally placed to be involved as we have:

• Experienced primary care clinical staff with medical education interests
• Specialised clinical skills facilities and tutors
• Designed, delivered and evaluated training for pharmacists in primary care
• Provided and published research evidence on GP recruitment and retention as well as pharmacists’ perception of their new roles in primary care.

UEMS will be delivering Modules 2, 5 & 6 on the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice training pathway.

Module 2 Curriculum content

Applied Therapeutics

• Pharmaceutical care planning, adherence and concordance in patient care
• General patient assessment to identify cautions, contraindications, drug interactions
• Introduction to applying pharmaceutical care to specific patient groups
• Medication enquiries including adverse drug reactions
• High risk drug monitoring
• Medication reconciliation
• Medicines optimisation, polypharmacy and de-prescribing
• Medications of diversion

An introduction to long-term condition care

• Principles of long-term condition care
• Asthma – Epidemiology including primary and secondary prevention, pathophysiology, diagnostic and long term monitoring and assessment, symptoms and treatment including BTS/SIGN guidelines and self-care for chronic asthma, management of acute exacerbations
• Hypertension - risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, management and monitoring of hypertension, lifestyle management
• Reducing cardiovascular risk – lifestyle, use of lipid modification treatment.