Excessive workloads and lack of training have been criticised by pharmacists working in GP practices.
In a survey, Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) members raised concerns about inadequate induction and pay not reflecting the level of expertise and responsibility of their role.
Particularly highlighted were expectations to take on GP prescribing and diagnostic activities, working outside competency without support or supervision, and inappropriate work locations. Some respondents said they were given 100 tasks a day plus clinic appointments in addition to a 10-minute time allowance for structured medication reviews.
Conversely, a significant number of the 1,378 respondents said found the work professionally rewarding.