Community pharmacy guide for GPs updated

PSNC has recently updated 'The community pharmacy – A guide for general practitioners and practice staff' and is collaborating with the British Medical Association to promote this guide among the GP and pharmacy professions

With the emergence and ongoing development of Primary Care Networks, it is increasingly important for GP and community pharmacy teams to understand each other's profession and the roles they undertake. this is now more important than ever with the emergence of Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

The updated guide explains what community pharmacy does and how it functions, operates and is funded, including role definitions for the various people in the pharmacy team. It has been developed for GPs and their practice team and can be downloaded from the following PSNC news article:

PSNC’s director of NHS services Alastair Buxton said:

‘The publication of this updated guide is very timely, as general practices across England are actively starting to build local PCNs. Full engagement of community pharmacy in the work of PCNs will be easier to achieve where local GPs and their teams have a clear understanding of how community pharmacies operate and the support they provide to patients and the public.’

BMA GP Committee Chair Dr Richard Vautrey said:

‘GPs and community pharmacists already work closely together on a day-to-day basis – and with a greater focus on the benefits of community-based care, this is only going to increase. Therefore, it’s important that both GPs and pharmacists have a shared understanding of each other’s roles.’