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Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme

This new education and training programme has been established to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

Registration for the IFPP is now live.

Follow the flowchart attached at the bottom of the page for guidance on eligibility and process.

Click here to access the registration form. The form should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. 

The IFFP Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme Pharmacist’s and Supervisor’s handbooks are available at the bottom of this page.

The Learning Opportunities guide is also available at the bottom of this page.

 

The aims of the programme are:

  • To support provisionally registered pharmacists in England transition to full GPhC registration and beyond;
  • To develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high-quality outcomes for patients and improve patient safety; and
  • To inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.

The programme will run for 12 months, starting from September 2020, and will be available to all provisionally registered pharmacists providing NHS funded care and services in England.

This is a positive step towards delivering the recommendations from HEE’s Advancing Pharmacy Education and Training (APET), and meeting the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS Interim People Plan and NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

More information about the programme is in our FAQs, at the bottom of this page.

Keep in touch

Keep in touch with the programme team at fpp@hee.nhs.uk

w/c 21 September

How do I register for the programme? Is there a fee to join? 

Registration is now open and closes on 10 January 2021. There is no fee or cost to access the programme or the registration process. Please visit our dedicated IFPP website to register.  

Can I join IFPP if I am not employed in a workplace? 

Yes. You do not have to be employed as a provisionally registered pharmacist to register with the IFPP and access the programme’ s library of resources.  

I have registered for the IFPP – what’s next?  

Thank you for registering with the IFPP. A welcome email should follow shortly after registration, signposting to the next steps. Please also register to receive weekly updates by emailing fpp@hee.nhs.uk, stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.  

Remember too, that if you work in an independent or small multiple pharmacy, Health Education England is funding CPPE to provide you with a structured foundation training programme as part of the IFPP. Please register with the Foundation pharmacist programme via the CPPE website if you work in an independent or small multiple. This is additional to the registration you have recently completed on the Health Education England website. 

Do I have to register with the IFPP if I am already registered with a work programme? 

Yes. All provisionally registered pharmacists (irrespective of employment status) who register with the IFPP will be given access to a library of resources, including OpenAthens, e-Learning for Healthcare, SCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. These resources will help provisionally registered pharmacists maintain and develop their clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision.  

HEE will be extending access to these resources to pre-registration pharmacists who have previously sat the registration exam but are not eligible to become provisionally registered pharmacists. 

We encourage all eligible participants to opt into the programme now that registration is open.  

If I work for a large multiple, such as Boots or Lloyds, can I register for the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 via CPPE?   

All provisionally registered pharmacists (irrespective of employment status) are eligible and encouraged to register with the IFPP.  

If you work for a large multiple, your employer will already have an established foundation training programme, and the IFPP is intended to complement such workplace programmes.   

Those who work in independent and small multiple pharmacies do not have access to established foundation training programmes through their employer. To ensure that this group is not disadvantaged in their learning, Health Education England is funding CPPE to provide a structured foundation training programme.  

Whether you work at Boots or Lloyds or in an independent community pharmacy or small multiple, we encourage you to register with the IFPP.  

However, the funded training delivered via CPPE is ring-fenced for those who work in independent and small multiple pharmacies, on the basis that they do not have access to the formal training programmes already in place at Boots or Lloyds.  

If you are applying for the programme through CPPE and are not working in independent or small multiple pharmacies, please seek guidance from your local HEE pharmacy team:   

London and South East (LaSE) – Lasepharmacy@hee.nhs.uk     

Midlands and East – Pharmacy.me@hee.nhs.uk  

North – Medicinesoptimisation.north@hee.nhs.uk 

South – Pharmacy.south@hee.nhs.uk  

Do I have to register with the IFPP if I am already registered with the Foundation pharmacist programme via CPPE?  

Yes. Registration with the IFPP will give you access to a library of resources, including OpenAthens, e-Learning for Healthcare, SCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. They are additional to the CPPE course resources and will help you maintain and develop your clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision.  

For those who meet the eligibility criteria, the steps are:  

Register with the IFPP on the Health Education England IFPP website.  

Register with Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 through the CPPE website.  

We encourage all eligible participants to opt into the IFPP now that registration is open.  

The IFPP registration form will signpost those eligible to register for the CPPE delivery of the programme to the CPPE website for the next registration steps.   

Can provisionally registered pharmacists who do not work in community pharmacy access IFPP and how does this work with established foundation training programmes?   

All provisionally registered pharmacists are eligible and can sign up to access IFPP. Registering with the IFPP will give you access to a library of resources, including OpenAthense-Learning for HealthcareSCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. These resources will help provisionally registered pharmacists maintain and develop their clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision. 

In addition, you will have access to the new RPS E-portfolio and, from Friday 25th September, the new RPS Provisional Registration Service Support Line.

Some employers already have established foundation training programmes. These range from formal programmes provided by large multiples (community pharmacies), or informal (rotational) programmes across other sectors including secondary and primary care. The IFPP is intended to complement current workplace programmes.  

The IFPP will not mandate any time out of practice for training. Your employer may provide you with access to other learning opportunities and courses (e.g. in-house training or external courses) to meet your individual learning needs for the IFPP.  

How does the IFPP work with established foundation training programmes?  

Some employers already have established foundation training programmes. These range from formal programmes provided by large multiples community pharmacies, or informal (rotational) programmes provided in other sectors, such as secondary and primary care. The IFPP complements such current programmes.

The IFPP will not be mandating any time out of practice for training. Your employer may provide you with access to other learning opportunities and courses (eg in-house training or external courses) to meet your individual learning needs. These can be used to meet your learning needs for the IFPP.

The IFPP will complement your workplace programme.

Can you tell me more about the IFPP for provisionally registered pharmacists who work in community pharmacy?

Health Education England is funding the Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) to deliver the IFPP for provisionally registered pharmacists who work in community pharmacy.

The CPPE Foundation Pharmacist programme supports community pharmacists now joining the provisional register, as they progress through their first year after pre-registration training. The CPPE programme will support community pharmacists develop and demonstrate proficiency against the HEE Interim Foundation Pharmacists Programme and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacist Framework 2019. Find out more on the CPPE website.

Who is eligible to access the new RPS E-portfolio?

All provisionally registered pharmacists can use the RPS E-portfolio to collate evidence for the IFPP in England. You can access the RPS provisional registration E-portfolio at this link.

Members of the RPS: you should use your usual RPS login details.

Non-members of the RPS: please complete a registered user form, which provides you with a ‘registered-user’ account for the E-portfolio.  

Please note: The E-portfolio feature supports provisionally registrants to document that they are meeting the GPhC requirements relating to provisional registration. This feature applies only to practising pharmacists. 

We hope that many of you will join the IFPP and benefit from the support we and our partners will be providing for your foundation practice.

Please refer to our dedicated IFPP web page for more information and to sign up.

If you and your colleagues wish to receive further updates about the programme, please email fpp@hee.nhs.uk, stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header

w/c 21 September

Thank you for your interest in the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP).  

Please keep sending your questions to the team at fpp@hee.nhs.uk.  

What is the IFPP? 

The IFPP is a Health Education England funded 12-month education and training programme starting in September 2020.  

Who is it for?  

The IFPP is for provisionally registered pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists who have completed their training, are signed off as competent and are eligible for provisional registration in England.  

I am re-sitting my pre-reg exam. Am I eligible for the IFPP? 

You are not eligible for the programme, but you can still access our range of online resources. Those waiting to sit the GPhC registration exam (including resits) and have completed 52 weeks of pre-registration training, will be eligible to access the resources within the IFPP and are encouraged to sign up. Please see the eligibility flow diagram, published at the bottom of the page.  

How do I register for the programme? Is there a fee to join? 

Registration is now open and closes on 10 January 2021. There is no fee or cost to access the programme or the registration process. Please visit our dedicated IFPP website to register.  

I have registered for IFPP. When will I receive further information and access to the programme? 

If you have already registered, you will receive an email shortly welcoming you to the programme. You will be sent more information after this, and programme resources will be made available late September 2020.  

Does it replace the GPhC registration assessment? 

No. The IFPP does not replace the GPhC registration assessment, nor is it an extension to the pre-registration pharmacist programme. 

You will find more information about provisional registration and the registration assessment on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s website.  

Do you need to be enrolled on the IFPP to take the GPhC registration assessment? 

No. It is not a requirement of the GPhC assessment that candidates are enrolled on the IFPP.  

Is it mandatory? 

No. The programme is not mandatory. However, participation in the programme will help you demonstrate progression against the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Framework 2019. The programme also aims to support your future career development. 

We encourage all eligible participants to opt into the programme now that registration is open.  

Does the IFPP offer support for those not in employment to get employment? 

This is not covered within the scope of the IFPP. 

What will the IFPP provide? 

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) will provide provisional pharmacists with foundation support.  

The programme aims to: 

Support provisionally pharmacists registered in England transition to full GPhC registration and beyond 

Develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high-quality outcomes for patients and improve patient safety 

Inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.   

There are two parts to the programme: 

Part 1: Resources to support all provisionally registered pharmacists (irrespective of employment status).  

Part 2: Educational support to develop a Foundation Portfolio of practice.  

The IFPP is predominantly a vocational training programme, in which provisionally registered pharmacists use work-based experiences and reflection to identify areas of good practice and further development opportunities. It is expected that personal learning objectives are managed by the provisionally registered pharmacist.  

Is the independent prescribing qualification part of the IFPP? 

The independent prescribing qualification is not integrated into the programme. As the programme develops it is hoped that elements of training are incorporated to help pharmacists develop the skills they need to prepare for future prescribing roles.  

What do I receive at the end of the programme? Are there academic credits attached? 

A pharmacist who successfully completes the programme will receive a Health Education England statement of progression against the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme.  

When does the IFPP start? How long is the programme?  

The IFPP started on 1 September 2020 and will end on 31 August 2021. Provisional registrants can join the programme at any time between 1 September 2020 and 10 January 2021.  

How much work is it?  

The IFPP has been designed to be a trainee-led vocational training programme. The learning is predominantly based in the workplace and learning opportunities reflect and are derived from ‘lived experiences’ in day to day practice. Provisionally registered pharmacists will have the opportunity to use work-based experiences and reflection to identify areas of good practice and further development opportunities.  

The programme will not be mandating time out of practice for training.  

Do I have to register with the IFPP if I am already registered with a work programme? 

Yes. All provisionally registered pharmacists (irrespective of employment status) who register with the IFPP will be given access to a library of resources, including OpenAthens, e-Learning for Healthcare, SCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. These resources will help provisionally registered pharmacists maintain and develop their clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision.  

HEE will be extending access to these resources to pre-registration pharmacists who have previously sat the registration exam but are not eligible to become provisionally registered pharmacists. 

We encourage all eligible participants to opt into the programme now that registration is open.  

If I work for a large multiple, such as Boots or Lloyds, can I register for the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 via CPPE?   

All provisionally registered pharmacists (irrespective of employment status) are eligible and encouraged to register with the IFPP.  

If you work for a large multiple, your employer will already have an established foundation training programme, and the IFPP is intended to complement such workplace programmes.   

Those who work in independent and small multiple pharmacies do not have access to established foundation training programmes through their employer. To ensure that this group is not disadvantaged in their learning, Health Education England is funding CPPE to provide a structured foundation training programme.  

Whether you work at Boots or Lloyds or in an independent community pharmacy or small multiple, we encourage you to register with the IFPP.  

However, the funded training delivered via CPPE is ring-fenced for those who work in independent and small multiple pharmacies, on the basis that they do not have access to the formal training programmes already in place at Boots or Lloyds.  

If you are applying for the programme through CPPE and are not working in independent or small multiple pharmacies, please seek guidance from your local HEE pharmacy team:   

London and South East (LaSE) – Lasepharmacy@hee.nhs.uk     

Midlands and East – Pharmacy.me@hee.nhs.uk  

North – Medicinesoptimisation.north@hee.nhs.uk 

South – Pharmacy.south@hee.nhs.uk  

 Do I have to register with the IFPP if I am already registered with the Foundation pharmacist programme via CPPE?  

Yes. Registration with the IFPP will give you access to a library of resources, including OpenAthens, e-Learning for Healthcare, SCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. They are additional to the CPPE course resources and will help you maintain and develop your clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision.  

For those who meet the eligibility criteria, the steps are:  

Register with the IFPP on the Health Education England IFPP website.  

Register with Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 through the CPPE website.  

We encourage all eligible participants to opt into the IFPP now that registration is open.  

The IFPP registration form will signpost those eligible to register for the CPPE delivery of the programme to the CPPE website for the next registration steps.   

Can provisionally registered pharmacists who do not work in community pharmacy access IFPP and how does this work with established foundation training programmes?   

All provisionally registered pharmacists are eligible and can sign up to access IFPP. Registering with the IFPP will give you access to a library of resources, including OpenAthense-Learning for HealthcareSCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. These resources will help provisionally registered pharmacists maintain and develop their clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision. 

In addition, you will have access to the new RPS E-portfolio and, from Friday 25th September, the new RPS Provisional Registration Service Support Line.

Some employers already have established foundation training programmes. These range from formal programmes provided by large multiples (community pharmacies), or informal (rotational) programmes across other sectors including secondary and primary care. The IFPP is intended to complement current workplace programmes.  

The IFPP will not mandate any time out of practice for training. Your employer may provide you with access to other learning opportunities and courses (e.g. in-house training or external courses) to meet your individual learning needs for the IFPP.  

I have registered for the IFPP – what’s next?  

Thank you for registering with the IFPP. A welcome email should follow shortly after registration, signposting to the next steps. Please also register to receive weekly updates by emailing fpp@hee.nhs.uk, stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.  

Remember too, that if you work in an independent or small multiple pharmacy, Health Education England is funding CPPE to provide you with a structured foundation training programme as part of the IFPP. Please register with the Foundation pharmacist programme via the CPPE website if you work in an independent or small multiple. This is additional to the registration you have recently completed on the Health Education England website. 

How does the IFPP work with existing Foundation training programmes and what are the implications for employers?  

The IFPP has been designed to complement existing programmes, as represented in the diagram below. For employers, there are many benefits to integrate IFPP into existing programmes, as the resources available will assist in local delivery. Funding will be made available for organisations to support this.  

Can I join IFPP if I am not employed in a workplace? 

Yes. You do not have to be employed as a provisionally registered pharmacist to register with the IFPP and access the programme’ s library of resources.  

Can I start a diploma whilst undertaking the IFPP? 

The IFPP supports the development of provisionally registered (transitioning to registered) pharmacists. Any decisions about other training should be considered in conjunction with your employer. HEE Regional pharmacy teams can provide further advice and direction:    

London and South East (LaSE) – Lasepharmacy@hee.nhs.uk    

Midlands and East – Pharmacy.me@hee.nhs.uk  

North – medicinesoptimisation.north@hee.nhs.uk  

South – Pharmacy.South@hee.nhs.uk  

How can I divide my time between assessment preparation, this programme and a new role? 

For all healthcare practitioners, the move into professional practice is complex and demanding, and includes a period of intense learning of new skills, knowledge and behaviours. You will need to adapt to a new phase in your career in which, probably for the first time, you will experience the responsibilities of professional judgment and accountability.  

Provisional pharmacist registration is a unique situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The IFPP is designed to give you the support, direction, information and resources you need to bridge the transition from pre-registration training to independent practice. IFPP will contain resources and support to build confidence, aid decision making, manage relationships and develop leadership. Perhaps most importantly, IFPP will provide you with the support to adapt to the workplace in these most challenging times; in particular, guidance on how to prepare for the registration exam.   

The IFPP is a supportive, formative programme, and we are working with partners and stakeholders, including employers, to support you through these challenging times.    

The programme will not be mandating time out of practice for training.  

What are the minimum assessment requirements of the IFPP? 

The IFPP will support provisionally registered pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes mapped against the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) learning outcomes.  

The IFPP uses a series of activities and Supervised Learning Events to support the Foundation Pharmacist to demonstrate the outcomes of the Interim Foundation Curriculum. Further information on the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Curriculum and the minimum assessment requirements can be found within the IFPP Pharmacist’s handbook – published at the bottom of this page. 

Successful completion of IFPP will be demonstrated through the achievement of a certificate of completion.  

Is the training online? 

here is an emphasis on using online resources within the programme. This enables the provisionally registered pharmacist to tailor their learning to their personal development plan,  whilst enabling a flexible delivery and access to content, to balance development needs whilst working.   

Who will have access to IFPP resources? 

All provisionally registered pharmacists (irrespective of employment status) will be given access to a library of resources, including OpenAthens, e-Learning for Healthcare, SCRIPT (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics) and CPPE resources. These resources will help provisionally registered pharmacists maintain and develop their clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision.  

HEE will be extending access to these resources to pre-registration pharmacists who have previously sat the registration exam but are not eligible to become provisionally registered pharmacists.  

How do employers support provisional registrants meet the educational requirements of the programme? Are employers expected to be involved in the delivery of the programme? 

Some employers already have established foundation training programmes. These range from formal programmes provided by large multiples community pharmacies, or informal (rotational) programmes provided in other sectors, such as secondary and primary care. The IFPP complements such current programmes. In practice, these programmes will have educational supervisors/tutors already in place, who will oversee their development.  

Additional steps include: 

The educational supervisor/tutor, who will oversee the learner’s development against the IFPP learning outcomes and assessment strategy in addition to in-house learning.  

Ensuring that the provisionally registered pharmacist and educational supervisor sign up to the RPS E-portfolio.  

Ensuring that the provisionally registered pharmacist registers for the IFPP, so that the employing organisation can access educational support resources. 

Ensuring that the in-house programme meets the minimum assessment requirements of the IFPP. *  

*It should be noted that the assessment needs of local programmes may exceed the minimum requirements of the IFPP. Where possible, the recommended local assessment requirements should be met where it is viable.  

Benefits of the IFPP for employers include: 

Access to the RPS E-portfolio for all provisionally registered pharmacists and educational supervisors 

Standardised learning outcomes and assessment requirements for all provisionally registered pharmacists 

Access to educational supervisor training 

Access to educational support resources 

Feedback on programmes through IFPP quality assurance mechanisms (trainee survey) 

The provisionally registered pharmacist will have access to additional resources to assist in their development. 

What is the expected employer input for reviewing the portfolio and how long is this expected to take?  

Each provisionally registered pharmacist will require an Educational Supervisor to support and guide them through their developmental journey within the IFPP. The Educational Supervisor will be expected to support the provisional registrant develop a Personal Development Plan and assist them through reviewing the evidence submitted. The time it will take to review the evidence within the portfolio will be dependent on the number of actions within an individual provisional registrant’s PDP and the number of activities required to achieve it.  

There are minimum assessment requirements for the programme, which can be found within the IFPP handbooks. The handbooks are published on the IFPP website.  

Will there be different funding available to different employers? 

Health Education England (HEE) funding covers the costs of the IFPP education infrastructure. For example, as part of the IFPP HEE is funding CPPE to deliver the Foundation pharmacist programme 2020/21 for provisional pharmacists working in independent and small multiple pharmacies. The CPPE programme will provide educational supervision for this cohort.  

How is Health Education England working with stakeholders to share information about the IFPP?  

Health Education England is engaging with stakeholders as part of existing regional networks, meetings and events to answer questions about the IFPP. Please contact your regional HEE team to find out more. 

Background to the IFPP  

On 23 July 2020, Health Education England with NHS England and NHS Improvement published a joint letter setting out the context for accelerating the reform of pharmacist education. This letter also announced that Health Education England, in partnership with key stakeholders, is establishing an Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme to help provisionally registered pharmacists transition to full GPhC registration and beyond. This is because the training and registration of the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The first phase of the reform and the purpose of the Interim Foundation Programme is to provide provisionally registered pharmacists with the foundation training support they need.  

This new Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme, known as IFPP, is an HEE funded 12- month education and training programme, starting in September 2020. The IFPP has three aims:  

To support provisionally registered pharmacists in England transition to full GPhC registration and beyond.   

To develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high-quality outcomes for patients, improve patient safety and reduce medication errors.  

To inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.  

Health Education England with NHS England and NHS Improvement published a joint letter on 23 July 2020, setting out the context for accelerating the reform of pharmacist education and announcing the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme.  

Health Education England published a letter to the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists, announcing the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme.  

The UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society NI published a joint letter on 28 July to provide an update on the major reforms to the initial education and training of pharmacists that are being taken forward across the United Kingdom.  

Regular updates are available from the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme team by emailing fpp@hee.nhs.uk stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.  

 

Benefits of the IFPP for employers include:

- Supporting provisionally registered pharmacists achieve full registration and develop proficiency against the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework for service delivery

- Access to the RPS E-portfolio for all provisionally registered pharmacists and Educational Supervisors for the duration of the 12-month programme

- Standardised learning outcomes and assessment requirements for all provisionally registered pharmacists

- Access to Educational Supervisor training

- Funding for educational support

- Feedback on programmes through IFPP quality assurance mechanisms (trainee survey)

- Provisionally registered pharmacists will have access to additional resources to assist in their development.

 

HEE funding covers the costs of the IFPP education infrastructure, including:

- Structured learning pathway to guide the development of provisionally registered pharmacists during the programme

- Supervision

- Access to online resources and associated online learning events

- The IFPP for independent or small multiple community pharmacy, provided by CPPE

- The new RPS e-Portfolio.

 

Registration

Provisionally registered pharmacists will be able to register for the programme, which is now live until 10th January 2021. There is no fee or cost to pharmacists accessing the programme. Part of the enrolment process will require confirmation of employer support.

Educational Supervision

Provisionally registered pharmacists undertaking the IFPP will require educational support in the form of supervision to oversee the pharmacist over the course of the 12-month programme. For organisations where educational support already exists, this will continue, and HEE will provide access to educational supervisor training as needed.

The Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) is opening applications for educational supervision, which will be open to provisional registrants working in independent or small multiple community pharmacies.

Further information about career development including Foundation Training is available on the CPPE website here.

Programme Handbooks

Programme handbooks describing various elements of the IFPP pathway are in the process of being developed.  There are separate handbooks for supervisors, and Foundation Pharmacists. These will be made available on our website and via our email updates in the coming weeks.

Resources

There will be an emphasis on asynchronous learning and using online resources within the programme to enable flexible delivery and access to content. Provisionally registered pharmacists will have access to the following resources free of access to develop their clinical knowledge and assist with registration assessment revision:

- OpenAthens account

- e-Learning for Healthcare

- SCRIPT modules (e-learning for prescribing and therapeutics)

- CPPE resources

-Access to an RPS foundation e-portfolio throughout the IFPP

- Access to the RPS Interim Foundation Programme Curriculum

Further information regarding how these resources and the e-portfolio can be accessed will be provided in the IFPP handbooks.  

Exam support

A key aim of the IFPP is to support provisionally registered pharmacist in England transition to full GPhC registration.  To enable this, the IFPP will provide guidance and resources to support exam preparation.

Postgraduate Diploma and other courses

The IFPP supports the development of provisionally registered (transitioning to registered) pharmacists. Any decisions about other training should be discussed with the employer. Regional pharmacy teams can provide further advice and direction.

What happens after the 12-month programme comes to an end?

A pharmacist who successfully completes the programme will receive a Health Education England statement of progression against the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme.

Updates

We appreciate there are lots of questions about this programme and as such the national team are sending weekly updates including answers to frequently asked questions. If you or colleagues wish to receive further updates about the programme, please email fpp@hee.nhs.uk, stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.

On a regional level, Foundation Pharmacist Programme events will be held virtually in the coming weeks to enable employers the opportunity to discuss the IFPP.

On 23 July 2020, Health Education England with NHS England and NHS Improvement published a joint letter setting out the context for accelerating the reform of pharmacist education. This letter also announced that Health Education England, in partnership with key stakeholders, is establishing an Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme to help provisionally registered pharmacists transition to full GPhC registration and beyond.

The first phase of the reform and the purpose of the Interim Foundation Programme is to provide provisionally registered pharmacists with the foundation training support they need.

This is because the training and registration of the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This new Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme, known as IFPP, is 12- month education and training programme, starting in September 2020. The IFPP has three aims:

To support provisionally registered pharmacists in England transition to full GPhC registration and beyond. 

To develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high quality outcomes for patients, improve patient safety and reduce medication errors.

To inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.

 

Health Education England with NHS England and NHS Improvement published a joint letter on 23 July 2020, setting out the context for accelerating the reform of pharmacist education and announcing the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme.

Health Education England published a letter to the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists, announcing the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme.

Regular updates are available from the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme team by emailing fpp@hee.nhs.uk stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.