PRIMARY CARE

Pharmacy Professionals

Clinical pharmacists are increasingly working as part of general practice teams. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems and improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach (NHSE).

PHARMACY WORKFORCE CPD

Applications Now Open - Annual Budget

Invitations for expressions of interest relating to pharmacy post-registration education funding

Please read Skills Investment Letter for funding principles and application arrangements.

Deadline for applications is Monday 3rd June.

Please consider this opportunity and please apply for funding for any CPD for your pharmacy teams. This is an annual process so once closed, it will be this time next year (circa May 2025) when you will have the opportunity to apply for funding again.

To apply, please complete and submit the skills investment survey by Monday 3rd June. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with  [email protected]

NHSE Pharmacy Foundation Training Update

Prescribing Placement Opportunity

To support Community Trainee Pharmacists

The Pharmacist undergraduate training now includes new learning outcomes which enable newly qualified Pharmacists to be Independent Prescribers at the point of registration. 

The Training Hub is looking for Independent Prescribers to support a 6-8 week (or alternative) placement for a Foundation year trainee from the Community Pharmacy Sector.

Expected financial renumeration – circa £1000 to £1500.

Please view the following slides and PDF for more information Supporting prescribing rotations Information for General Practice & PCNs L&SC

For support at a local level (Practice/PCNs) please contact [email protected]

Alternative contacts: [email protected] or [email protected]

To express your interest within Lancashire and South Cumbria please complete the MS Form 
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Opportunities and Training

Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme

Are you, or do you employ, a pharmacy technician who would like to broaden their skills to undertake final accuracy checks of dispensed items?

The programme aims to support pharmacy technicians to:

  • develop the skills required to be a safe competent and confident final accuracy checking pharmacy technician
  • improve leadership and communication skills
  • direct the dispensary team
  • increase the pharmacy team’s capacity to deliver patient-facing services.

The total cost for a place on the course is £330 inclusive of VAT. This payment can be self-funded or employer financed.

To find out more, including entry criteria and how to apply, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt 

Clinical Examination Skills Training for Community Pharmacists

Health Education England are pleased to announce new, fully funded, NHS clinical examination skills training for community pharmacists.

This new offer will build on community pharmacists’ existing clinical examination and consultation skills – to assess, treat and manage common health problems.

10,000 module places will be available until March 2024.

Following completion of a pre-required, online gateway module on history taking and identification of serious conditions, pharmacists can choose their preferred journey through four optional modules, based on professional interests. These modules cover four key themes: dermatology, cardiology, paediatrics, and ear, nose and throat.

The module content will be delivered online using a flexible and responsive eLearning system, with optional face-to-face attendance for pharmacists who would find this beneficial. Pharmacists can complete the training at a pace and time of their choice. Face-to-face workshops will be scheduled to accommodate pharmacist working patterns.

The training is designed to be complementary to independent prescribing training and can be completed prior to or after independent prescribing training courses. 

This offer is available to community pharmacists, including part time staff and locums working in community pharmacy.

To register and find out more about the training visit the CliniSkills website.

To find out more about the Pharmacy Integration Programme, visit the Health Education England website.

CPPE

NHSE have asked CPPE to offer a learning programme that will enable competence and confidence of community pharmacy professionals in readiness for prescribing. We propose that the programme is open to pharmacists who want to become prescribers and pharmacy technicians who want to learn what prescribing will mean in practice and how they can best support their prescribers.

This document outlines the proposal for the learning content and delivery format for this programme. The intention will be to launch the programme in early summer 2023. CPPE has a team of 12 facilitators trained in action learning approaches for this pilot.

New Inclusive Pharmacy Practice Bulletin

Sign up to receive the new bi-annual Inclusive Pharmacy Practice (IPP) bulletin, which highlights examples of community pharmacy and primary care good practice.

Preparing to train as an independent prescriber e-course

You can find information about it on the CPPE websiteIts aim is to help pharmacists prepare an application and prepare for prescribing training by helping them to understand what it means to be a prescriber, considerations when choosing a course, how they can demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills and plan for the study and supervised practice requirements of the course. You can register your interest in advance of the launch date, to be added to the waiting list.

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Pharmacy First

Pharmacy First is here – build your pharmacy future with fully funded, flexible training tailored to your skills, experience and individual learning requirements.  Learn new skills, support peer development and expand your clinical knowledge.  

Courses include: 

  • Clinical Examination Skills and Independent Prescribing for Community Pharmacists 
  • Advancing your role for Community Pharmacy Technicians 
  • Educational Supervisor Training for Community Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

Find out more and apply now 

Pharmacy Leads Programme - North West Leadership Academy (NWLA)

Three-Part Programme -Please complete this survey to express an interest in future cohorts of this programme. 

Polypharmacy Action Learning Set Training

The Health Innovation Network Polypharmacy Programme invites you to join our NHS England funded Action Learning Sets to help build GP and prescribing health care professionals’ confidence in, and understanding of, the complex issues surrounding stopping inappropriate medicines safely. This online interactive course is held over three half-days (9.30am –12.15pm) over one month. Register here.

Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Training Year

Following recent changes to the MPharm course, from 2026 all newly registered pharmacists will enter the register with the training, skills and confidence to provide a range of clinical care to patients, including prescribing of medicines.
MPharm students must complete 4 years of undergraduate study and then complete the foundation training year (including passing the GPhC exam) to register as a pharmacist. Currently, upon registering, pharmacists are not able to prescribe medication and must undertake additional qualifications to do so. From 2026, the newly qualified pharmacists will register as prescribers.
 
To develop their competencies accordingly, NHS England is working to develop the foundation training year. One of the changes will be to introduce consistent funding to all training providers. The funding is available for a trainee pharmacist for the 2025/26 foundation training year. 
For further information, please see the attached document with FAQs or contact [email protected] with any further questions
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Resources & Videos

HEE Updates

HEE Trainee foundation pharmacist assessment strategy update

Thank you for your feedback on our assessment strategy for foundation trainees. 

HEE have made some minor updates to the Assessment strategy and Assessment activities guide which include: updating links to the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) resources and clarifying when a single scenario from practice can contribute to more than one assessment activity.

Learners on the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) will benefit from a new training package designed to help build their confidence around answering questions about medicines.

This is a great addition to the IFPP’s resource library and is also intended to help IFPP learners achieve learning objectives from their end of programme Personal Development Plan.

The NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) is a community pharmacist led clinical service which has been managing referrals from NHS111 since 2019. GP practices can also refer patients contacting them with minor illness symptoms for a same day consultation with a community pharmacist, using the referral pathway to the CPCS.

Catch up on this webinar hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners, featuring an expert panel of speakers with a discussion on how the CPCS works and how it supports general practice. You can also access the CPCS FutureNHS workspace to find support with implementing the referral pathway.

As outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS should make more appropriate use of pharmacy professionals’ clinical skills, helping patients get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

HEE’s work aims to deliver a more responsive pharmacy workforce, equipped with the skills to deliver a clinical service across all care settings, and adapted to new ways of working.

Community Pharmacy

HEE are pleased to announce new, fully funded, NHS clinical examination skills training for community pharmacists.

This new offer will build on community pharmacists’ existing clinical examination and consultation skills – to assess, treat and manage common health problems.

10,000 module places will be available until March 2024.

Sign up now for Clinical examination skills training, which will be delivered by CliniSkills.

About the training: Following completion of a pre-required, online gateway module on history taking and identification of serious conditions, pharmacists can choose their preferred journey through four optional modules, based on professional interests. These modules cover four key themes: dermatology, cardiology, paediatrics, and ear, nose and throat.

The module content will be delivered online using a flexible and responsive eLearning system, with optional face-to-face attendance for pharmacists who would find this beneficial. Pharmacists can complete the training at a pace and time of their choice. Face-to-face workshops will be scheduled to accommodate pharmacist working patterns.

The training is designed to be complementary to independent prescribing training and can be completed prior to or after independent prescribing training courses. 

Who is eligible: This offer is available to community pharmacists, including part time staff and locums working in community pharmacy.

 

Further information 

To register and find out more about the training visit the CliniSkills website.

To find out more about the Pharmacy Integration Programme, visit the Health Education England website. 

For any further enquiries, please contact [email protected]   

Pharmacy technicians are valued and important members of the primary care pharmacy workforce. In these short podcast episodes, pharmacy technicians talk about the variety of roles and opportunities for the profession, and the contribution they make to patient care. Topics discussed include leadership, pharmacy technician run clinics and phlebotomy services in primary care, and pharmacy technician support for structured medication reviews.

Health Education England (HEE) awarded the contract to deliver the education for clinical pharmacists in general practice until 2020/21 to CPPE following an open procurement process and the success of our education pathway for the phase 1 pilot.

See more on CPPE’s website.

Working with NHS England, we are leading the Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2022 to build a picture of the community pharmacy workforce. This will develop the understanding on an annual basis, with the most recent survey completed in 2021.

The Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2022 is open from Thursday 6 October to Wednesday 30 November. Find out more!

 

Each of the UK countries hosted a webinar, with its Chief Pharmaceutical Officer taking part. Find out more about the Commission’s work and the Call for Evidence by watching a webinar recording below:

Watch the England Webinar

The Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2022/23, which starts on 10 October 2022, has been published on NHS BSA website. It builds on previous work around respiratory disease, antimicrobial stewardship and weight management and includes new criteria on improving access to end of life medicines, domestic abuse and cancer red flags. 

To qualify for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2022/23 payment, pharmacy contractors will have to meet all the gateway criteria by the end of 31 March 2023. Pharmacy contractors must claim payment for the PQS 2022/23 during the declaration period, which is between 9am on 6 February 2023 and 11.59pm on 3 March 2023. 

Check out NHSE’s Clinical Pharmacists page for information on:

  • Support for recruitment and employment
  • About clinical pharmacists
  • Pilot site external evaluation, Case studies
  • Blogs

Guidance for community pharmacy contractors on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) 2022/23 has now been published. PQS commenced on 10 October 22 as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework agreement.

The guidance explains how contractors can meet the gateway and quality criteria. To qualify for the PQS 22/23 payment, contractors will have to make a declaration between 9:00 on 6 February 2023 and 23:59 on 3 March 2023 and meet all gateway criteria by the end of 31 March 2023.

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Meet Our Team

Rizvan Ahmed

Primary Care Clinical Advisor (Pharmacy)

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