Pharmacist IP Update Briefing March 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

At CPS, we are committed to achieving our vision of having an independent prescriber delivering a common clinical conditions service in every community pharmacy in the long term. This will be crucial not only to providing the very best patient care but also as part of our plans to make community pharmacy an even more attractive career prospect. To that end, as part of our current strategy and related negotiations we have been working on a clinical career pathway for pharmacists in community pharmacy (CP). We acknowledge that we are developing this at an accelerated pace, so information has not been readily available to you as we move along – which may have been frustrating. We are now pleased to share with you the latest information on the project, with more detail to follow in the coming weeks as we finalise our plans.

From April 2020, all community pharmacies with Independent Pharmacist Prescriber (IP) cover will be able to claim £2000 each month to support the provision of a common clinical conditions IP service from their community pharmacy premises, subject to agreed parameters which will be communicated in the near future. This funding will be open to all Community Pharmacy Contractors in Scotland.

The opportunity to participate in the common clinical conditions service is open to all Community Pharmacist IPs who have or intend to complete the approved common clinical conditions training. Those who have still to complete the common clinical condition two-day course can prescribe within their current competence until the course is completed.

Community pharmacist IPs who currently run clinics on behalf of NHS Health Boards will also be able to participate in the service and claim this money to support their delivery of common clinical conditions in their community pharmacy. Those who have still to complete the common clinical conditions two-day course can prescribe within their current competence until they complete the course.

Further details on the specification of the service and agreed parameters will be sent out as soon as they are available.

CP IPs currently carrying out NHS Health Board clinics should speak to their NHS Health Board contacts for further details on these NHS Board Clinics.

CPS is in discussion with NES to secure further courses to support demand and develop IP Pharmacists for community pharmacy. The intention is that this will include both full IP courses for new IP Pharmacist trainees and two-day common clinical conditions courses for current IPs. Details of these will be published as soon as they are available.

We are delighted with this first step towards increasing the number and availability of IPs in our community pharmacies. This will both deliver an enhanced patient care service and a clear clinical pathway for our pharmacists – taking us further along the path to the people of Scotland being able to go to their Pharmacy First for all minor conditions.

Bearing in mind that further details will be made available as soon as they are confirmed, if you have any questions on this development, please get in touch at

Related Information