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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 now 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. 


Learn more about these 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


This pilot is now fully subscribed.

We are pleased to support the pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician (PTPT) national pilot where pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians are trained in placements across sectors whilst completing a 2-year training programme (Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians).

This qualification will enable registration as a pharmacy technician with the GPhC. The qualification is delivered via virtual classroom one day a week.

The Integrated model facilitates PTPT placements across sectors in a tri-partnership, creating structured training and experience for a minimum of 12 weeks in a minimum of three of the following healthcare settings:   

- secondary care

- community mental health

- community pharmacy

- general practice

- care homes     

PTPTs on the pilot commenced their training in February 2020 and will be expected to complete in February 2022.               

These are additional trainees to support future workforce needs in new and expanding roles, such as primary care, and although the PTPTs are supernumerary, they do support service delivery.

All the PTPTs have an educational supervisor who oversees the training programme and practice/clinical supervisors in each rotation. HEE Regional Facilitators offer ongoing support and guidance for all involved in the pilot.

Benefits of an integrated training model

There are significant benefits of the integrated training model for all, including:

- Contribution to the development of a flexible pharmacy technician workforce, better prepared to deliver enhanced integrated cross-sector healthcare system services for patients and the public

- Equipping pre-registration pharmacy technicians with a broader skillset, allowing them to better support service delivery to patients and the public across all healthcare systems

- Improved understanding of the transfer of care issues and how to support patients as they transition between care settings

- Enhanced relationships between partners supporting the development of primary care networks and integrated care systems

- Increased awareness of barriers and difficulties with communication and transfer of care and how to resolve them

This pilot aims to develop models that meet the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) evidence framework, with the required infrastructure to support pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians.

The pilot also aims to provide sufficient volume to determine suitable curricula, and educational and practice/clinical supervisory arrangements, for further roll-out.

Evaluation of the integrated training pilot to support these claims has started, the finding will be published to share learning and encourage further partnership training.

Support for the pilot trainees

All trainees will have an educational supervisor who will oversee the training programme and practice/clinical supervisors in each rotation. 


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.