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Only 8 pc of Scotland’s practices have full access to pharmacist support

Contract offer commitments are behind schedule

January 18th 2022

Tagged: political news Scotland

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Only 8 per cent of Scotland’s practices have full access to NHS Board-led pharmacist services, an update on Scotland’s primary care improvement plans has revealed.

As of March, 88 per cent of practiced had partial access to level one services, however. Level one offers activities at a general level of pharmacy practice including acute and repeat prescribing and medication management activities. Phases two (advanced) and three (specialist) describe a progressively advanced specialist clinical pharmacist role.

Regulations will be amended by Scottish Government in early 2022 so that NHS Boards are responsible for providing a pharmacotherapy service to patients and practices by April 2022. Electronic prescribing is also to be prioritised by the ePharmacy Programme Board, supported by National Services Scotland and the NES Digital Service.

Programme parties recognise that progress has been hampered by COVID-19, accepting that “there is still a way to go to fully deliver the GP Contract Offer commitments originally intended to be delivered by April 2021”.

As of 2021, there were 543.1 (FTE) pharmacists providing the primary care improvement plan, up from 132 in 2018. There are also 248.6 (FTE) technicians, up from 38.4 in 2018.

A Memorandum of Understanding 2) details roll out plans for the period 2021-2023 to expand multidisciplinary teamwork to help support the role of GPs as expert medical generalists.