One of the most important policy goals for the NHS is to make general practice fit for the future. NHS England’s resilience programme provides £8m in funding to help practices to identify issues and make plans to resolve them. Through this programme, PCC is providing a range of practical support for practices able to obtain funding to understand the options open to them and make the changes they feel will provide the greatest benefit, allowing them to take the development path that most suits their needs. We have published a short paper outlining what we mean by resilience and suggesting how we can help.
Sunderland’s approach to the piloting of clinical pharmacy in practice puts the emphasis on teamwork, mutual support and looking to the long term.
Megan Blythe, senior clinical pharmacist with Sunderland GP Alliance and one of those working in a practice as part of the pilot, says that the federation’s over-arching role could provide a model for others to follow.
In November 2015, North Staffordshire GP Federation was successful in its bid to take part in the pilot programme for clinical pharmacists in general practice. Lucy Minshull, who provides management support for the federation describes the progress made over the following year.