My current choice of entertainment on the commute to work at the moment is the Oxford clinical handbook of pharmacy and one particular passage stood out on this particular journey.
'It remains a disappointment that clinical pharmacy in the UK has not embraced the academic rigour seen in some countries and that the research culture inbred into junior doctors has yet to infect pharmacists in the same way.'
There is currently banding for pharmacists working within the NHS, which works in a similar fashion to that of other healthcare professionals but not for community pharmacists.
There is a lack of clear clinical progression in the community pharmacy sector. Experienced pharmacists are undervalued and underpaid, and newly qualified pharmacists have an uneven and ambiguous progression path compared to their medical counterparts.
In the current work environment, with large multiples and supermarkets driving down Locum rates and with the steady decline in salaries due to an overpopulated sector, this is but one possible form of protection against big business blurring the job role - pharmacists are clinicians first and foremost.
Stripped to its basic point this article is about the recognition of pharmacies as an extension of the NHS care pathway.