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Training offers for pharmacy technicians and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians

Our training has been developed to support the development of a person-centred pharmacy technician workforce, ready to work across a range of healthcare settings.

Funded training is available for pharmacy technicians and pre-registration pharmacy technicians, to help them provide high quality, patient-focused medicines optimisation across all sectors, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

We evaluate the impact of these initiatives to build the learning into future training programmes. 

Evaluation of the Integrated Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Training Pilot

This two-year national pilot programme ran from February 2020 to February 2022 and was developed to be aligned with the 2017 GPhC Initial Education and Training Standards. The aim of this pilot was to support the development of a new, cross-sector education model, to ensure a sustainable pipeline of pharmacy technicians who are competent and confident to deliver the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan. It is important to note that the national lockdown due to COVID-19 came into effect in March 2020, just after the start of the pilot. This had a substantial impact on the setting up of partnerships and PTPTs placements.

The findings support the changes we have made to the training programme and recruitment of trainees onto subsequent PTPT integrated training expansion cohorts. 

We are pleased to share with you the full report and executive summary.

Learn more about this pilot and other offers below, and refer to our guidance for trainees in need of support:

This project is a new funding opportunity for employers to train and develop pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians (PTPTs) in 2021/22. 

The Pharmacy technician workforce expansion project 2021/22 builds on two successful national pilots designed to grow the pharmacy technician workforce, in line with the ambitions of the NHS Long-term Plan, NHS People Plan and HEE's Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Support Staff Workforce Development Strategy

Find out more on our website

 

The evaluation of this pilot is helping to inform future cohorts, including the Pharmacy technician workforce expansion project 2021/22

This two-year national pilot programme ran from February 2020 to February 2022 and was developed to be aligned with the 2017 GPhC Initial Education and Training Standards. The aim of this pilot was to support the development of a new, cross-sector education model, to ensure a sustainable pipeline of pharmacy technicians who are competent and confident to deliver the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan. It is important to note that the national lockdown due to COVID-19 came into effect in March 2020, just after the start of the pilot. This had a substantial impact on the setting up of partnerships and PTPTs placements.

The pilot was funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), and the evaluation undertaken by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies at the University of Manchester.

The findings support the changes we have made to the training programme and recruitment of trainees onto subsequent PTPT integrated training expansion cohorts. 

The full report and executive summary are available to download:

Full report - May 2022

Executive summary - May 2022

This pilot is now fully subscribed.

This training is designed for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists working in care settings to improve or develop the delivery of multidisciplinary care skills, to allow greater integration with the NHS locally.

The training is an 18-month workplace-based model, with the last learner cohort starting in September 2019. 

Upon completion, you 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.

Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists will become fully integrated members of the clinical multidisciplinary team in a patient-facing role to clinically assess and care for patients, using their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. 

Also open to pharmacy technicians working in health and justice.

The training programme is delivered nationally by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education

This pilot community pharmacy technician training programme is run by Coventry University and supported by Coventry LPC (Local Pharmaceutical Committee).  

It aims to enable registered community pharmacy technicians to develop their professional and leadership roles within community pharmacy, alongside targeted workforce and organisational development.

The pilot completed in December 2018, and the outputs will inform the next steps for rollout of training and education nationally.

 

This pilot is now fully subscribed.

This 18-month workplace-based training programme provides pharmacy technicians with the clinical skills they need to deliver person-centred care in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

The 48 pharmacy technicians accepted on this training pathway are expected to play an active part in multi-professional teams in a patient-facing role. This might be in a patient’s own home, in a care home, in a GP surgery or other primary care setting. 

They will follow the training pathway established for Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care, studying with their peers.

Two cohorts start in January and May 2020.

The training programme is delivered nationally by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE). Find out more on the CPPE website.

Across all professions, it is recognised that trainees may sometimes encounter difficulties during their training and that they may require additional support to complete their training.

Guidance is available for pharmacy training providers to help and encourage trainees to identify areas in which they require support and/or adjustments to training without any associated stigma or disadvantage.

The HEE Trainee Support Guide outlines the educational support processes in place for pharmacy trainees (foundation trainee pharmacists and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians) who are undertaking Health Education England commissioned training.

The guidance has been developed with stakeholders to apply to employers, educational programme directors, educational supervisors and trainees.

The guide is available to download at the end of this page under 'Related Documents'.

Please address any queries to pharmacyteam@hee.nhs.uk.