Pharmacy: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 23 October 2023.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse is (a) of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme in total and (b) for the recruitment of clinical pharmacists under that scheme as of 16 October 2023; and what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of that scheme on patient outcomes.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The following table shows total approximate spend for the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) as well as for the recruitment of clinical pharmacists:

Financial Year

Pharmacist spend (£ million)

ARRS (£ million)

2019/20

34

53

2020/21

137

267

2021/22

216

519

2022/23

TBC

TBC

Total amount

387

839

Notes:

  1. Spend on clinical pharmacists is based on data reported by primary care networks and integrated care boards and does not include advanced practitioner pharmacists or pharmacy technicians.
  2. Data for 2022/23 is currently not available as it is unvalidated.

NHS England has committed to review the ARRS during 2023/24. This work will cover the performance of the scheme to date and inform the Government’s approach to any future support for additional clinical roles in general practice.

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