We have developed this online guide to support pharmacists aspiring to become consultant pharmacists and those currently in the role. The guide will also be useful to commissioners/pharmacy leaders interested in creating consultant pharmacist posts.
In 2003, the Department of Health published , this stated:
"We want to build on this success through the establishment of consultant pharmacist posts. These will enable clinical excellence and leadership to be recognised. Consultant pharmacists may be supplementary prescribers or become independent prescribers or other clinical specialists. They should support medicines management in hospitals and play a leading role in training pharmacists and other health professionals locally. They should also be well placed to influence the use of medicines across the wider local health community."
In 2005, the Department of Health published .
Consultant Pharmacist roles have now existed within the NHS for over 10 years. There are aspirations from the English and Welsh Governments to increase the number of Consultant Pharmacists working in the NHS. As described in the , consultant pharmacists have four main functions: Expert practice; Research, evaluation and service development; Education, mentoring and overview of practice and Professional leadership. The need for and type of consultant pharmacists are decided locally.