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Pharmacy Integration Fund courses for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists

Working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, NHS England and other partners, we are offering fully-funded, innovative training and development courses for pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists. These are funded via the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

A number of training and development courses funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund are available for individual pharmacists and pre-registration 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:




Develop your clinical skills, prepare for independent prescribing or make better decisions for your practice with fully funded postgraduate courses delivered and accredited through universities across the country.

All courses are designed with flexibility in mind, allowing you to study at work or in your own time, with minimal or no face to face time. You can apply to any university regardless of location.

For further information on applying, modules on offer, study requirements and deadline dates see the provider sites:

University of Bath – covering the South region in collaboration with Exeter University

De Montfort University – covering the Midlands and the East region in collaboration with the University of Keele.

University of Manchester – covering the North region.

University of Bath – covering London and the South East region in collaboration with De Montfort University and the University of Keele

View all available CPD units and modules, broken down by University provider.

This NHS-led flagship programme is designed to help you develop leadership and management skills, enabling pharmacy professionals such as yourselves to drive the provision of quality services in community pharmacy - really making a difference to the health of the patients.

This programme is a collaboration between the NHS Leadership Academy, as part of Health Education England, and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE). Apply now!


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.

The training aligns with the new NHS England Integrated Urgent Care service specification, and the newly developed IUC/NHS111 Workforce Blueprint and careers framework.    

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. 

View the factsheet.

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. 

Read the factsheet.

Fully funded Independent Prescribing training is available to all pharmacists providing NHS services to patients where independent prescribing is appropriate to their role.

Find out more, including eligibility criteria and course providers, in our factsheet.

This exciting and innovative pilot project aims to transform pre-registration pharmacist training, by providing trainees with the opportunity to train in general practice as part of their pre-registration training year.

Funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund, this project is facilitating up to 120 pre-registration programmes across England that offer between 3 and 6 months’ structured training experience in a GP practice. The placements will be in conjunction with a hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration training programme.

The project aims to provide trainees with a deep understanding of general practice, by working alongside the multidisciplinary team and learning more about the integral role pharmacy plays in patient care in the general practice setting. This will help to create a pharmacy workforce with an enhanced understanding of healthcare delivery across the system.

Host GP and pharmacy sites for the pilot have already been recruited to and advertised via the national recruitment system for pre-registration pharmacists

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