Pharmacy Integration Fund courses for pharmacists
Working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other partners, HEE has developed new, fully-funded, and innovative programmes for pharmacists. These are funded from the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
A number of workforce development opportunities are available for individual pharmacists. These offer flexible and accessible learning solutions, allowing those enrolling to study at work, or in their own time.
Learn more about these courses below:
Independent Prescribing is prescribing by a doctor, dentist, nurse, and pharmacist responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions, and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing. Within medicines legislation the term used is ‘appropriate practitioner’.
Through the Pharmacy Integration Fund, pharmacists can now access fully funded independent prescribing training. These programmes are available to all pharmacists providing NHS services to patients where independent prescribing is appropriate to their role.
Learners will be pharmacists who are enrolled on PhIF training programmes which include IP or who are working in one of the following roles:
- Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 2
- Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes
- Clinical Pharmacists working in Integrated Urgent Care setting
The Pharmacy Integration Fund will cover the costs of the training but will not fund work place costs (eg supervision or remuneration for time on the course). Learners will have to demonstrate that they meet the course requirements in general, the requirements are:
- Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
- A named designated medical practitioner who will mentor, facilitate and supervise the pharmacist’s learning in a practice environment
- Have a defined role to deliver NHS service as a prescriber post qualification, via, for example, employer commitment
- Confirmation from employing organization confirming service need and access to appropriate supervised practice.
Applicants should apply to their chosen university contact for registration. A full list of universities, and course dates, can be found in our factsheet.
HEE has launched a training programme to support pharmacists working in a virtual contact centre environment such as NHS111 or Integrated Urgent Care clinical assessment service settings.
Pharmacists new to working in these environments are being offered up to 12 months of fully-funded training to support them in their roles.
It will enable them to lead on person-centred medicines optimisation in a virtual acute setting, helping to improve the access and delivery of urgent care and enhance the quality of care and patient safety. They will also complete an Independent Prescribing course where this meets the service need.
The training will be delivered by the University of Derby through a blended learning platform, offering a mixture of online and face to face learning. There will be an induction day, followed by the online learning programme, with opportunities for online or placement visit support.
In order to access the NHS111/IUC Pharmacist training you must first be employed and committed to working a minimum of 0.4WTE in NHS 111 / IUC CAS virtual contact centre environments and have been directed by your employer to register through Derby University's website. The University of Derby application process is the entry point to this particular funded training pathway, both the role-specific training and for the independent prescribing element (which is also offered by other providers). Trainees will complete the University of Derby induction and learning needs assessment which will inform their training pathway (available online, in person at Derby University or by emailing IUC@derby.ac.uk).
All applications will have to be confirmed by the employer and in so doing the employer is also confirming adherence to IUC Pharmacist Programme criteria.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians working in community pharmacy settings are being offered fully-funded training through the Pharmacy Integration Fund to support them in their roles to develop skills to allow greater integration with the NHS locally. HEE is offering training to support pharmacists working with local primary care providers in supporting patients in a care home setting.
This initiative will see care home training for up to 600 clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through an 18-month workplace-based model to enable them to improve and support the delivery of multi-disciplinary care in care home settings. This could include care settings for mental health, children and young people.
Both residential and nursing care homes within Sustainability and Transformation partnership (STP) and Integrated Care Systems areas across England will be part of the programme. Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians will be recruited by local providers, commissioned by a lead Clinical Care Group, who will receive funding from NHS England.
Newly appointed pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be directed by their employers on how to enroll on the training programme which will be delivered nationally by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.
Upon completion, pharmacy professionals will be able to work with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver medicines optimisation for the benefit of patients, as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team. Clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be embedded within care homes and they will become fully integrated members of the clinical multi-disciplinary team in a patient facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. prescribing and seek to improve problematic polypharmacy, safe medicines use and patient outcomes.
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.