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Pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician integrated training pilot

We are working with employers to develop and run a new pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician (PTPT) integrated training pilot, recruiting 48 trainees to multi-sector training posts.

Employers from community pharmacy, general practice, care homes, secondary care and community mental health have formed partnerships to recruit pre-registration trainees for a 24-month period, with the lead employer responsible for employing the trainees. Vacancies will be advertised via NHS Jobs or local advertising campaigns, with trainees starting February 2020.

This is additional to the existing pipeline and aims to support future workforce needs in new and expanding roles, such as primary care.

Trainees will benefit from quality Further and Higher education and training from one of the biggest Further Education colleges in the country, in line with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) Initial Education and Training Standards.

There are significant benefits for all, including: 

  • Contribution to the development of a flexible pharmacy technician workforce, better prepared to deliver enhanced integrated cross-sector healthcare system services for patients and the public 
  • Equipping pre-registration pharmacy technicians with a broader skillset, allowing them to better support service delivery to patients and the public across all healthcare systems 
  • Improved understanding of the transfer of care issues and how to support patients as they transition between care settings 
  • Enhanced relationships between partners supporting the development of primary care networks and integrated care systems 
  • Increased awareness of barriers and difficulties with communication and transfer of care and how to resolve them
  • Although PTPTs will be supernumerary, they will support service delivery. 

Applying for a place on the PTPT integrated training pilot

All the training places in this project will be recruited by the lead employers.

Vacancies will be advertised via NHS Jobs or local advertising campaigns.

Support for the pilot trainees

All trainees will have an educational supervisor who will oversee the training programme and practice/clinical supervisors in each rotation. 

Training structure

This pilot will create structured training, offering a minimum of 12 weeks’ experience in a minimum of three of the following healthcare settings: 

  • secondary care 
  • community mental health 
  • community pharmacy 
  • general practice 
  • care homes 

The trainees will rotate through each of the sectors at least once during each year of the 24-month training programme. 

Education provision

Trainees will complete the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians qualification with Bradford College [hyperlink to be added once Bradford College have a page up and running]. The two-year programme will be delivered via virtual classroom/e-learning one day a week.

Background to the pilot

This is a national pilot funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF). The PhIF commissions and delivers a range of training and development programmes to support the development of the pharmacy profession through a partnership arrangement between Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement.  

This pilot aims to develop models that meet the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) evidence framework, with the required infrastructure to support pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians. The pilot also aims to provide sufficient volume to determine suitable curricula, and educational and practice/clinical supervisory arrangements, for further roll-out. 

The first cohort begins in February 2020.

For more information, please contact hee.phif@hee.nhs.uk