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Practices invited to bid for funding to employ clinical pharmacists

Practices in England are able to bid for funding from a £112m scheme to employ clinical pharmacists from 9 January 2017.

NHS England is aiming for 1,500 pharamcists to work in GP practices by 2020/21 and has made the funding available as part of the investment promised by the GP Forward View.

The funding follows the success of a pilot scheme, which launched in July 2015 and has resulted in over 490 pharmacists working in practices across England.

From 9 January 2017, practices will be able to apply for fuding to help recruit, train and develop more clinical pharmacists to work in general practice.

Successful applicants will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their practices for the long term.

Who can apply?

NHS England has set out a series of criteria which applicants must meet. Providers that are applying must demonstrate they are working at scale across a minimum population of at least 30,000. In many areas your federation or CCG may be coordinating the application for this funding.

The role of the clinical pharmacist must be clinical and patient facing and support those living in the community and care homes. The clinical pharmacist must also be embedded with the practices and be an integrated member of the multidisciplinary team.

Clinical pharmacists should be supervised by senior clinical pharamcists and a GP clinical supervisor.

How does the funding work?

NHS England will pay 60% of the cost of recruiting and employing a clinical pharmacist in the first year, this reduces to 40% in year two and 20% in year three. In monetary terms this works out as £29,000 towards a clinical pharmacist and £36,000 towards the cost of a senior clinical pharmacist in year one, £20,000 and £24,000 towards the cost of each in year two and £11,000 and £13,000 for each in year three.

NHS England and Health Education England will provide training, education and development to clinical pharmacists and the practices they work in. GP clinical supervisors will also receive support for their role from Health Education England.

You can find more information and guidance for applications here.

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