Table 1

Timeline of the developing role of pharmacists in UK primary care

WhenReport/policy released58Outcomes generated
1986The Nuffield Report highlights dramatic underutilisation of UK pharmacists6Suggestions that collaboration between GPs and pharmacists could improve effectiveness and reduce costs of prescribing
1990sNHS health reforms result in the allocation of drug budgets to individual health authoritiesInterest from general practice to use clinical pharmacists within primary care
2005NHS Community Pharmacy contractIncreases the range of services community pharmacists can provide
2008The pharmacy workforce censusSeven per cent of pharmacists are already working within general practices or for local health authorities
2015NHS England, the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA, Health Education England, and the Royal College of General Practitioners reveal their Ten Point GP Workforce Action Plan 8The Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Pilot aims to utilise pharmacists’ knowledge and expertise surrounding medications, in order to complement the knowledge and roles of GPs and practice nurses in general practice surgeries
2017RCGP GP Forward View Interim Report 8NHS England reports that >85% of pharmacy professionals have received training in the use of the patient Summary Care Record, and that all pharmacists will have received training by March 2017
By 2040The Centre for Workforce IntelligenceEstimates that oversupply of pharmacists could reach 11 000–19 000 due to increased numbers of pharmacy students over the last decade