I constantly remind people that the two are different. The Pharmacist is the health professional and the Pharmacy is their place of work. The Pharmacy owner holds the independent contractor status with NHS England and the Pharmacist is employed to deliver all elements of that contract along with a team of suitably trained technicians, dispensers, counter assistants and in some Pharmacies Health Trainers.
The Pharmacy and the Pharmacist are both regulated by The General Pharmaceutical Council separately. So why do we make the mistake of thinking about them together and managing them as a single entity? I don’t know – it is history.
We must be brave and think about the future. We must try to give some separation between the two to allow the NHS and the Local Authority to commission exactly what they want. We need to set Pharmacits free and allow them to develop the services that…
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