Date lodged: 21 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many pharmacists it estimates will be required under its NHS workforce plan.
Answered by: Shona Robison 18 April 2018
Pharmacists are core members of the healthcare workforce, and reforms introduced in the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan will ensure that all GP practices have access to enhanced pharmacist and pharmacy technician support by 2021.
In 2017-18 funding for general practice pharmacy support was increased by a further £4.2 million. Based on this additional funding, over and above the original three year figure of £16.2 million, NHS Boards plan that by March 2018 they will have appointed over 200 whole time equivalent pharmacists and over 50 whole time equivalent pharmacy technicians working with or within GP practices. The final numbers of pharmacists required will depend on local planning arrangements to meet population needs, emerging new models of care, skill mix and developing multidisciplinary team working.
The Plan also sets out how we intend to recruit, develop and retain the multidisciplinary and flexible workforce we need to continue to deliver high quality healthcare for the people of Scotland. This will ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time to continue to deliver high quality care that meets the needs of Scotland’s population.