We work with primary care teams to test changes to prescribing processes and delivery of pharmacotherapy services

The GMS Contract (2018) and the supporting Memorandum of Understanding 2 outlined a commitment to the development of HSCP led pharmacotherapy services to support GP workload. Acute prescribing makes up a significant part of day-to-day workload in primary care services and this programme provides solutions to support rapid sustainable improvement.

The programme aims to deliver improvements that:

  • enable staff involved in prescribing to work together effectively, and
  • enable pharmacotherapy and practice staff to fully utilise their skills sets.


Support for primary care teams 

The current phase of the programme is focussed on acute prescribing. We support primary care teams by:

  • developing a network to help us understand what good acute prescribing looks like
  • working with the acute prescribing advisory group to develop useful tools and resources to support improvements in the safe and effective management of acute prescribing
  • holding a series of workshops to support the development of a toolkit, and
  • producing a toolkit that will launch nationally in autumn 2022.


Get involved

There are 77 practices from 11 NHS boards currently participating in the acute prescribing learning network. You can still get involved in the Pharmacotherapy programme.


Get in touch

Email us at his.pcpteam@nhs.scot if you have a question about pharmacotherapy or if you would like to speak to a member of the team about supporting the development of staff and improvements of GP practice processes in relation to serial prescriptions or acute prescribing.