The Big Debate #11: Should pharmacist recruitment into the ARRS be halted?
Tonight’s discussion will focus on the question: should pharmacist recruitment into the additional roles reimbursement system (ARRS) be halted?
The ARRS, introduced in England in 2019, reimburses primary care networks (PCNs) for the salaries of several healthcare professionals – including pharmacists – as a way to help build multidisciplinary teams.
The scheme has proven controversial over the past year or so. While ARRS advocates have defended it as a means by which pharmacists can gain experience working in a multidisciplinary setting, its detractors have warned of an exodus of community pharmacists as many flock to work in primary care.
Some representative groups have even called for an end to the ARRS in light of “urgent…workforce issues” in community pharmacy, while others have suggested the need for pharmacy to have its own equivalent of the ARRS.
But with community pharmacy’s future seemingly defined by the introduction of more clinical services, it seems clear that pharmacists’ role as the experts in medicine will become more important than ever - with PCNs eager to harness these skills.
So, where along the spectrum do your own views lie? Join the Big Debate to tell us what you think.
We’ve got two speakers lined up to share their views tonight, but you can also let us know your thoughts by commenting and asking questions. The “live” part of the debate will close at 8pm, but feel free to continue to exchange views for as long as you like.
Join your pharmacy peers tonight to discuss:
- The impact ARRS recruitment has had on community pharmacy
- How it is affecting primary care
- The benefits of working in general practice pharmacy
- What can be done to make jobs in community pharmacy more attractive
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This debate will start at 7pm.