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Pharmacy integration fund

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

With the support of NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) we have developed a programme of innovative, flexible and accessible education and training which aims to strengthen and diversify the pharmacy workforce to support better outcomes for patients. The aim is to make the most of the clinical skills of pharmacy professionals as part of new, multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, supporting locally-delivered integrated care models. There are several strands to this work for engaging and transforming the pharmacy workforce:

  • Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists in GP practices, care homes and integrated urgent care/NHS111 hubs aligned to specific programmes
  • NHS 111/Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme for Pharmacists
  • Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Training for Pharmacy Professionals
  • Clinical and Professional Leadership Development for Pharmacy Professionals

The NHS Leadership Academy, as part of Health Education England, is working in collaboration with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), to offer the Mary Seacole leadership development programme to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy.

This NHS-led flagship programme is designed to develop leadership and management skills enabling pharmacy professionals to drive the provision of quality services in community pharmacy and really make a difference to the health of the patients.

Community pharmacists around the country can now enrol on new, innovative and engaging training at masters-level through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

The Post-registration Training for Community Pharmacists will provide learning centred around core themes, and includes clinical learning aligned to NHS England’s priorities.

Pharmacists can choose to take a single or range of modules, with different credit values, dependent on their development needs or interests, with a maximum 60 credits per learner per year (60 credits is equivalent to a post graduate certificate).

Provision runs from February 2018 to March 2019 and is for the equivalent of up to 2,000 postgraduate certificates.

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 in our factsheet.

Pharmacy Technicians working in London and the South East are eligible for a place on fully funded Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) training.

This training, specifically for pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy, meets the National Occupational Standard and the National Framework for Accuracy Checking. It is provided by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.
Learners will complete a blended learning programme and are required to take a summative assessment, with colleagues from hospital pharmacy. PhIF funding allows them one attempt at this. They have up to a year to complete the programme and will need to be supported whilst undertaking the course by an Educational Supervisor.

Successful Community Pharmacy Technicians will then be able to perform the final accuracy check of dispensed items on prescriptions clinically approved by a pharmacist. Eligibility criteria, information about applying and the Educational Supervisor requirements can be found on CPPE’s website. The PhIF funding for this pilot programme will end in September 2018.

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