• Norfolk prescribes more practice pharmacists

    9 June 2017

    Word is spreading across Norfolk of the impact clinical pharmacists are having in GP practices.

    When John Higgins began work as senior clinical pharmacist at the Norwich Practices Health Centre in Norwich in March 2016 he assumed supervisory responsibilities for two colleagues at neighbouring practices. They have recently secured independent prescriber status but up to seven more of the 23 practices in Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group are now seeking funding to join the NHS England pilot programme. He expects to be involved in the development of some of those pharmacists.

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  • Peterborough practice pharmacists proving their worth

    9 June 2017

    Having appointed a clinical pharmacist before the launch of NHS England’s pilot programme, Cambridgeshire GP Dr Amrit Takhar has been buoyed by the impact and the potential for further development. Wansford surgery has already appointed a second pharmacist – this time directly through the pilot programme.

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  • Pharmacist saves a GP a day

    9 June 2017

    While working as a CCG pharmacist brought its own rewards, Yaksheeta Dave realised she missed the direct contact with patients she previously had as a community and hospital pharmacist.

    “After several years as a CCG pharmacist I realised that although I was overseeing 26 GP practices for the CCG, I had almost no direct patient contact. I took the step of giving up my job at the CCG and undertook the independent prescribing course – and it’s certainly a decision that I haven’t regretted.”

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  • Commissioning for children with bladder and bowel problems

    9 February 2017

    Commissioners play a key role in the lives of the 1 in 10 children and young people in this country with bladder and bowel (continence) problems (1). This is because difficulties such as bedwetting, daytime wetting and constipation/soiling can be prevented – or solved at an early stage - through properly set up and funded nurse-led community paediatric continence services.

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  • Closing the gap between primary care and STPs

    9 February 2017

    In the wake of the Five Year Forward View there are two opposing forces: one is a push for locally determined solutions at user-friendly scale, the other a push towards bigger systems (STP areas) able to compel the organisations they contain to make the changes necessary to keep the NHS running through the toughest period of the forward view, the next three years, and beyond.

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