Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Primary Care Professional Support

With the development of primary care networks (PCNs), the primary care pharmacy workforce is rapidly growing and brings with it exciting new opportunities.

At SPS, we’re working with partner professional organisations to evaluate and respond to the needs of the primary care pharmacy workforce to ensure they feel supported to provide safe and effective care to individual patients as well as the wider patient population.

The patient and the teams

Primary care encompasses a whole range of pharmacy teams; the most important person is the patient.

The challenges

At the beginning of this year, we held workshops with the aim of meeting primary care pharmacy professionals across England to hear from them about the main challenges of working within general practice.

We identified the following opportunities where we could support primary care:

  • Access to essential resources and advice to respond to medicines-related enquires
  • Training on clinical decision making and interpretation of the latest evidence
  • Professional leadership and support including clinical supervision from senior pharmacy professionals
  • Facilitation of local cross-sector networks to support cohesive working and learning from each other

Current support available

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified both the challenges existing in primary care but also the opportunities to support those in these roles. We have therefore developed the following resources:

  • Access to essential resources
    • Medicines Complete is now freely available to all pharmacy professionals working into general practices – click here to find out how get to access.
    • Publications available include: Palliative Care Formulary, Drug Administration via Enteral Feeding Tubes, Stockely’s Drug Interactions, Herbal Medicines, Stockley’s Herbal Medicines Interactions, Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation

Please get in touch if you feel anything on this page has been omitted or inaccurate, or if you’d like to comment on other forms of support which would be useful in primary care.

To see our professional guidance summaries related to COVID-19 for other clinical areas, click here

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