Seven in ten (71.4 per cent) of GP practice pharmacists in England earn at least the equivalent of an NHS Band 8a salary (£43,042 – £49,969 or £24 to £28/hr) compared to 43.97 per cent outside England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), according to a survey of GP pharmacists polled by the Pharmacists Defence Association.
Taking into account the funding provided for primary care network pharmacists posts, this suggests that practices may need to consider contributing more than 30 per cent of a band 7 salary to secure an appropriately experienced pharmacist.
GP pharmacists also reported that one in five works across two practices and two in five are working 32 hours or more each week in general practice. However, 64.2 per cent said that they were not part of the NHS England clinical pharmacists in GP programme.
There are also regional differences in the employment model: in England, 54 per cent of GP pharmacists are employed by the GP practice, compared to 16.38 per cent outside England. Outside England, 43.10 per cent of respondents are employed by a GP federation, compared to 12.40 per cent in England.
The survey of 740 pharmacists working in general practice found general consensus in the tasks being performed:
- Providing medicines related advice to patients/carers/other health care professionals
- Reconciling medicines from hospital discharges &/or clinic letters
- Patient facing medication reviews (this could include telephone consultations, surgery clinics, home visits, reviews targeted at specified groups of patients)
- Supporting the management of patients in care homes
- Medication reviews from notes (non-patient facing).