Community pharmacy services are expected to transform, as new clinical pharmacy services, working practices and digital platforms develop to meet the public’s expectations for a modern NHS community pharmacy service.
In 2016, NHS England announced the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), established to support pharmacy and transform how it operates across the NHS for the benefit of patients over the next two years and meet these needs. The fund will also look at supporting the development of clinical pharmacy practice in a wider range of primary care settings, resulting in more integrated and effective NHS primary care for patients, and promote responsible use of medicines.
To support this, we are looking at how we can help to:
- support the workforce's transition to deliver a wider range of services for patients
- develop clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, so that they are equipped and able, to be responsive to delivering pharmacy care where required.
To do so, and to ensure we plan our future investment in education commissioning effectively, we need to fully understand the scale and skill set of the community pharmacy workforce. We are currently surveying the community pharmacy workforce, to collect key, factual information on the composition of the workforce at a set point in time. Once completed, later this year, this will both form part of the our workforce development strategy, and will underpin part of the contribution to the Sustainability and Transformation Plans across 44 footprints in England.