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An overview of the Drug Tariff

Nearly every week we hear about the stresses and strains on the NHS and often the “c” word is the issue. In this case “c” stands for cost. The NHS has been with us for decades now, and at its inception there were much fewer medicines available to prescribe than today, and it is the

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NEWS: How pharmacists free GP time

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A specialist clinical pharmacist working in a general practice saves an average of five hours of direct doctor time weekly, according to an analysis from Scotland. Researchers said pharmacists also improved patient safety and staff morale. The findings come from an assessment of Scotland’s project aimed at recruiting pharmacists with advanced training into practices as

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NEWS: Extra clinical pharmacists for practices

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Dozens of practices are to get clinical pharmacists as the programme is extended to cover most of England, it has been announced. NHS England approved funding some 160 extra pharmacists, bringing the planned total to more than 1,100. These will be deployed in more than 3,200 practices caring for nearly 34 million people. They represent

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How electronic prescribing has saved money

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Practices have saved more than £100 million a year through the introduction of electronic prescribing, according to a new analysis. Practices, dispensers, patients and the NHS have all made big savings from the system, according to the NHS Digital analysis. The analysis of three years of the system found the NHS saved £130 million over

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Recruiting a clinical pharmacist – some handy hints

Recruiting a clinical pharmacist – some handy hints

Much has been said about the role of practice based clinical pharmacists and the benefits they bring to practices. Indeed, only last month in its ‘Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ publication, NHS England said its aim is to increase the number of pharmacists in general practice to over 900 by March

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The solution to the crisis?

Pharmacists in GP surgeries

This week, a new £15m three-year scheme to fund, recruit and employ clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries was launched by NHS England. The initiative will see NHS England fund 60% of the cost of pharmacists to the practices for the first 12 months of employment, which will decrease to 40% for the second year and

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