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Opportunities to host multi-sector pre-registration pharmacist trainees.

Employers in community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy, don’t miss the opportunity to partner with general practices to host pre-registration pharmacist trainees as part of a national flagship programme.

 

This is part of a national programme enabling pre-registration pharmacists to undertake placements in general practice as part of their training year.

Now in its third year, the programme is going from strength to strength, with provision being extended and expanded for entry in 2021.

Express your interest in these funded placement opportunities now.  

“Due to the variety our trainees experience working across community and general practice, they seem to enjoy and appreciate both working environments. They also develop a greater variety of skills they can use in both settings. Generally our trainees are clearly much happier and well-motivated” Khalid Khan – Imaan Pharmacy

 

Who can host a pre-registration trainee?

We are seeking expressions of interest from partnerships between a pharmacy employer from hospital pharmacy or community pharmacy and a general practice, to deliver the joint pre-registration programme.

The general practice must employ a clinical pharmacist in a patient-facing role to act as a joint tutor for the trainee alongside the pharmacist tutor in the pharmacy site.

 

How do I get involved?

The first step is to form a partnership between a pharmacy employer and a general practice. Consider the number of trainees you would like to host, bearing in mind the pre-registration tutor requirements, and submit your expression of interest form here.

 

Find out more

Please get in touch with GPPreRegPharm@hee.nhs.uk for more information.

 

We are seeking expressions of interest for partnerships between a pharmacy employer from hospital or community pharmacies and a general practice, to deliver the joint pre-registration programme.

The general practice must employ a clinical pharmacist in a patient-facing role to act as joint tutor for the trainee alongside the pharmacist tutor in the pharmacy site.

There are a significant number of benefits for all host sites, including:

 - Developing a pharmacist workforce capable of working across the healthcare system
 - Better prepared to deliver enhanced and advanced services in community pharmacy 
 - Better able to undertake a role in general practice
 - Improved understanding of the transfer of care issues and how to support patients as they transition between care settings
 - Enhanced relationship development between partner sites
 - Trainee can educate colleagues (in all sites) regarding barriers and difficulties regarding communication and transfer of care
 - Increased attractiveness for trainees (Oriel fill rate for split pre-registration places in 2019/2020 was 90%)
 - Promoting the role of pharmacists in general practice as part of a portfolio career, supporting future recruitment for all sectors
 - Trainees will develop a broader skill set, allowing them to better support service delivery in all care settings
 - In general practice, although the trainees will be supernumerary, they will support service delivery – particularly those who undertake a 6-month placement, e.g: carrying out audit/service improvement, supporting the practice pharmacist with medicines reconciliation, answering medicines queries and medication review.

“Due to the variety our trainees experience working across community and general practice, they seem to enjoy and appreciate both working environments. They also develop a greater variety of skills they can use in both settings. Generally our trainees are clearly much happier and well-motivated” Khalid Khan – Imaan Pharmacy

The role of the pharmacist is continuously evolving and therefore their training must adapt to provide trainees with the knowledge and skills they will need throughout their career.

Pharmacists are increasingly involved in the autonomous delivery of patient care in both the community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy setting. Hosting trainees as part of this programme will allow trainees to develop a broader skill set, better enabling them to take up these autonomous roles later in their career.

Pharmacists are also increasingly working as part of general practice/primary care network teams and this programme gives trainees the opportunity to develop an insight into this developing sector of practice.

Throughout the programme you will be supported by a team of regional facilitators who can help you with developing your individual training programme, as well as providing you with dedicated materials and guidance to enable you to deliver a successful training programme.

Funding is also provided to support new sites in setting up their training programme and for providing supervision in general practice.

Yes, evidence from multiple sources indicates that trainees would like to undertake training in general practice.

 - A study published by the BPSA in 2017 showed that 41.1% of students wanted to undertake training in general practice
 - The fill rate for split-sector training places including general practice in 2019 was 90%

Hear from some trainees who have undertaken pre-registration training in general practice here