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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. Funding is available for community and health and justice pharmacists.

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 and London and the South East

De Montfort University – covering the Midlands and East, and London and the South East

Exeter Medical School – covering the South

Keele University – covering the Midlands and East, and London and the South East

University of Manchester – covering the North

Please note that students may apply to a provider outside of their region.

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

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community or secure environment pharmacy are being offered fully-funded training to support them in their roles. The training is designed to develop their skills, to allow greater integration with the NHS locally. Pharmacists are also given the opportunity to gain an independent prescribing qualification.

This initiative will see 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 multidisciplinary care in a care home or secure environment setting. This could include care settings for mental health, children and young people.

The training programme is 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 multidisciplinary team. Clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will become fully integrated members of the clinical multidisciplinary team in a patient facing role to clinically assess and treat patients, using their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. Independent prescribing training is also on offer for pharmacists working in community or secure environment settings, as part of the medicines optimisation in care homes programme (MOCH).

Read the factsheet.

This training programme is open to pharmacists working in a virtual urgent care environment such as an Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Service, NHS 111 or Out of Hours primary urgent care setting.

This fully funded training will equip you to work confidently in in a virtual urgent care environment with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver person-centred medicines optimisation for the benefit of patients and their safety.

The training is delivered by the University of Derby, offering a mixture of online and face to face learning. Apply now!

Find out more, including eligibility criteria, in our factsheet.

Fully funded Independent Prescribing training is available to all pharmacists who are deployed as part of the following programmes:

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 2

Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Training for Pharmacy Professionals

Integrated Urgent Care/NHS 111 Workforce Development for Pharmacists 

A number of training places are also available as part of the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Programme for non-salary supported pharmacists working in a care home. 

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

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 professionals play 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.

Placements are available across England via the Oriel national recruitment system for pharmacy.

Read the factsheet.

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

It 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.

Our 2018/19 cohorts are now fully subscribed. If you would like to receive further updates, please email the Pharmacy Integration Fund team at hee.phif@hee.nhs.uk.