The Healthcare Standard

Why Having A Mentor Is So Important To Pharmacists Working in General Practice

A randomized controlled trial published in 2001 showed that pharmacists working in general practice can conduct effective consultations and, in 2015, a pilot project by NHS England echoed this benefit.

Now, in 2019, there are more than 1,000 full-time equivalent clinical pharmacists working in primary care across England, and the NHS is committed to recruiting many more.

I became curious about a GP pharmacy role after originally training in hospital pharmacy, and in 2017, began working as a clinical pharmacist across three GP practices, while enrolling myself onto an 18-month ‘Clinical pharmacists in general practice education’ programme. But once the course was over, I was left feeling isolated. There is no formal mentoring method upon completion of the course — pharmacists are left to their own devices.


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