This section describes the role of Consultant Pharmacists; Pharmacist Prescribers; Pharmacists with a Special Interest (PhwSI); and Advanced Practitioners.
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In 2003, the Consultant Pharmacist role was identified in ‘A Vision for Pharmacy in the New NHS’. This role offers an opportunity for Pharmacists to make a greater difference to patient care and builds on the success of pharmacists in developing clinical and other specialist roles. The Department of Health recommends that the title Consultant Pharmacist should apply to those Pharmacists appointed to approved posts and who meet the appropriate level of competence
A PhwSI has been defined, by the Department of Health, as a Pharmacist who supplements their core generalist role by delivering an additional, high-quality service to meet the needs of patients. Working principally in the community, they deliver a clinical service beyond the scope of their core professional role or may undertake advanced interventions not normally undertaken by their peers. They will have demonstrated appropriate skills and competencies to deliver those services without direct supervision.
Registered Pharmacists can train to become Independent Prescribers.