Healthcare Central London’s team of Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians work alongside colleagues in General Practice to enhance patient care across Westminster.

What services does the Clinical Pharmacy team provide?

The team provides a range of services, which include:

  • Supporting the long-term management of patients with chronic disease, such as asthma, hypertension and type 2 diabetes
  • Educating patients about their medicines and helping them to get the most benefit from their use
  • Reviewing medication for patients who are on multiple medicines
  • Providing expertise to support GPs, nurses and administrative staff with medication and prescription queries
  • Conducting medicines reconciliation reviews on transfer of care (e.g. from hospital to GP) to ensure safe prescribing
  • Implementing Care Quality Commission (CQC) searches and medication safety alerts

What do Clinical Pharmacists do?

Clinical Pharmacists provide specialist medication expertise and help to manage and review patients with long-term health conditions by optimising the patient’s medicines and signposting them to other services where appropriate.

Find out more about this role on the NHS website.

What do Pharmacy Technicians do?

Pharmacy Technicians support patients by implementing programmes to maximise the safe and cost-effective use of medicines. This includes conducting medicines reconciliation and audits.

Find out more about this role on the NHS website.

What are the main benefits of having a Clinical Pharmacy team?

The team has a positive impact on both patients and Practices. This includes:

  • Helping to provide seamless, high-quality care for patients and ensuring better patient outcomes
  • Reducing patient waiting times and Practice workloads, thereby creating additional Primary Care capacity
  • Providing clinical leadership on medicines optimisation within Practices and across Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
  • Creating operational efficiencies related to medication (e.g. supporting CQC preparedness and optimising Practice revenue)

How is the Clinical Pharmacy team supported by HCL and its member Practices?

Although employed by HCL, the Clinical Pharmacy team is hosted by our member Practices and provides patient-facing care in line with the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (NCDES) specification and Practice requirements.

Members of the team are supported in their clinical development with supervision, education and training provided by the HCL Senior Pharmacy team. Each Clinical Pharmacist is also supported by a GP Clinical Mentor in Practice.

What staff benefits are available to members of the Clinical Pharmacy team?

Staff benefits include:

  • NHS Pensions
  • Support for Clinical Indemnity cover (annual allowance provided)
  • Support for education and training – CPPE Primary Care Pathway, Independent Prescribing and beyond
  • Supervision and support from Senior Clinical Pharmacists within the team
  • Monthly CPD sessions

Where can I get more information about these roles?

Please contact Lola Apakama, Head of Pharmacy, at

Where can I find open roles in HCL’s Clinical Pharmacy team?

We publish the latest HCL job opportunities on our Careers page and LinkedIn profile.