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Review of education and training

The Advancing Pharmacy Education and Training (APET) review examined the current model of education and training for the pharmacy workforce to establish what training structures and funding models will best support a pharmacy workforce able to meet future patient need.

The review built on responses received to our draft Workforce Strategy and previous work on Modernising Pharmacy Careers. It takes account of an increasingly complex health and care system, technological advances and a changing trend in patient and service needs. The review is also aligned with the NHS’ Long Term Plan.

The review make a number of recommendations that are evidence based, cost effective, future focused, and meet the needs of the future workforce and patients.

The Advancing Pharmacy Education and Training Review and a slide summary can be found at the bottom of this page.


Related work

We are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to analyse the roles of pharmacists in the early stages of their careers.

We have asked the Work Psychology Group (WPG) to lead on the work, which will reflect roles in all four UK health systems. The WPG have now completed the initial role analysis of early career pharmacists that included desk research as well as interviews and focus groups with a range of pharmacy stakeholders. They also undertook a survey asking participants for their views on of a range of behaviours and attributes considered important for early career pharmacists to possess. These findings, once received will be used by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to develop a draft Foundation Pharmacist framework.

Commenting, Roz Cheeseman, Pharmacy Dean said

"The role analysis work will provide a valuable piece of evidence to inform a model for developing pharmacists during the early stages of their career. It will feed into HEE’s pharmacy review by informing the development of a common, sustainable education and training pathway for pharmacists so they can have a greater impact on patient care earlier in their career.  In drawing on a breadth of evidence from various pharmacy settings, this work will highlight multiple ways of working and inform more integrated models of practising across diverse health care systems".

Gail Fleming, Director of Education, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said

"This work is an important key step in realising our ambition to ensure that all pharmacists have access to high quality training and supervision in their early post registration years. It will help to assure that RPS Frameworks and curricula remain current and applicable across a broad range of settings benefitting both our members and the patients they care for".