Our pharmacist has decided to leave community pharmacy where he has worked in various pharmacist and managerial roles. Like many pharmacists working in community pharmacy he has found himself gradually burning out under the pressure of having to hit ever more ambitious targets in an increasingly hostile business environment.
One of the first decisions our pharmacist has to make is about indemnity insurance to cover the activities he will be undertaking in general practice including his prescribing activity, medicine reconciliation and answering medicine related queries. To be clear, the prescribing activity will involve running ‘minor illness’ clinics independently. Our pharmacist completed the independent prescribing qualification 4 years previous to commencing work in the practice and has at this initial point done no other formal training to work in GP practice.
The practice manager has said that the GPs will simply add our pharmacist to the GP indemnity insurance scheme and the GP partners will pay the fees. One of the GPs mentions that third party personal indemnity insurance is not necessary for our pharmacist.