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Pharmacy Integration Fund

The NHS is working to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play an increasingly visible and expanded clinical role in improving outcomes and value from medicines for patients. 


The NHS is working to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play an increasingly visible and expanded clinical role in improving outcomes and value from medicines for patients.  

To support this, NHS England is enabling the transformation of pharmacy practice through the Pharmacy Integration Fund. The fund is being used to develop evidence-based schemes which integrate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians into wider primary care as part of new multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, making the most of their clinical skills.   

The NHS Five Year Forward View set out a clear direction for the future NHS and placed great emphasis on service integration, including 'new models of care' which integrate primary and secondary care, and health and social care.  

 Health Education England is working in partnership with NHS England to drive forward the workforce transformation which will be needed to achieve these goals. This work is part of a broader HEE agenda to enable workforce transformation across the NHS to support locally delivered integrated care models.   

The Pharmacy Integration Fund will play a key part in helping the NHS increase the scale of high quality clinical pharmacist and pharmacy technician intervention and delivery of medicines optimisation.  

Working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other partners, HEE has developed seven new, fully-funded, innovative programmes. These are available for individual pharmacists or pharmacy technicians through flexible and accessible learning solutions, allowing those enrolling to study at work, or in their own time.  

The training programmes are:  

  • Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists in GP practices, care homes and integrated urgent care/NHS111 hubs   

  • Post-registration Training for Community Pharmacists 

  • Community Pharmacy Technician Training and Development Programme    

A new pilot community pharmacy technician training programme has been launched in the West Midlands. The pilot, which is run by Coventry University and supported by Coventry LPC (Local Pharmaceutical Committee), will enable registered community pharmacy technicians to develop their professional and leadership roles within community pharmacy, alongside targeted workforce and organisational development. It will run until December 2018, and the outputs will inform the next steps for rollout of training and education nationally from 2018/19. More information can be found on Coventry University’s website or via our factsheet.

  • Care Homes Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Training Pathway    

  • NHS111 / Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme for Pharmacists 

  • Clinical and Professional Leadership Development for Pharmacy Professionals  

  • Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician Programme.  

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