In 2017, the Croydon GP Collaborative, in partnership with a number of its member Practices, applied to the NHS England Clinical Pharmacy Programme.

Following the successful submission, 4 Clinical Pharmacists have been introduce in to patient-facing roles across the borough. This will be for a minimum of 3-years. The Clinical Pharmacists will be provided Non-Medical Prescribing training as well as a place on the highly sought after Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) 18-month General Practice Pharmacist Training Pathway (GPPTP).

The introduction of these clinicians into Croydon is the first of many planned changes in a progressive programme of work to introduce alternative, but highly skilled and qualified, Primary Care clinicians into the General Practice team to support care delivery.

It is envisaged that the evolution of the General Practice team will not only lead to more effective care delivery for patients, but also be a catalyst to reducing GP workload to ensure sustainability within the local healthcare system.

For more information about this exciting programme, please follow this link to NHS England's website.