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Pharmacy education and training

As outlined in the Five Year Forward View, the NHS should make more appropriate use pharmacists’ skills, helping patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Our work aims to deliver more a responsive pharmacy workforce, equipped with the skills to deliver a clinical service across all care settings, adapt to new ways of working.

To achieve this we are working to enhance the current pre-registration pharmacist training, creating an education system which is sustainable to meet future patient needs, and, with NHS England, develop pharmacists’ clinical assessment and decision making skills, and their consultation skills.



There are several strands to this work:

Recruiting pre-registration pharmacists

Pre-registration pharmacist training

You can view useful documents associated with this programme below. 


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How we recruit pre-registration pharmacists into training should be consistent with other health care professionals across the NHS, and should ensure that they possess the values required to work within the NHS. 

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Training pre-registration pharmacists

Our work on training for pre-registration pharmacists starts with developing more appropriate systems of recruitment and selection, and leads onto enhanced workplace support for the tutor and pre-registration pharmacist.

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