Survey to capture the development needs of Advanced Level Pharmacists – Closing 6th Dec

A national cross-sectional survey of the advanced-level practice development needs of pharmacists working across the United Kingdom has been launched.  Further information can be found on the participant information sheet here.

This survey is open to pharmacists registered with GPhC (or PSNI) who are working or residing in the United Kingdom; England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

PRIMARY CARE

Pharmacy

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).

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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 

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Pharmacy Leaders Development Programme

This programme is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, and it aims to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to help experienced pharmacy professionals become outstanding, compassionate and inclusive leaders.

Applicants should have experience of working in a role with responsibility for leading strategic and operational aspects of pharmacy services and be keen to develop their leadership skills further. Applications close at 12pm on Monday 12 December. Potential applicants are invited to register for a  webinar at 11am on Monday 5 December, where they will be able to ask questions about the programme.

Please read this letter which has more information about the programme: cpho-letter.pdf (cppe.ac.uk)

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

This scheme is open to pharmacists from all sectors and is aimed at aspiring future leaders who have had limited leadership opportunities and have not held a senior leadership role in pharmacy. Successful pharmacists will spend 12 months working in a leading, national healthcare-affiliated organisation with the most senior leaders in healthcare and will gain a wide range of skills and opportunities. This scheme is managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. Find out more and apply by 5pm on Wednesday 21 December.

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.

Funded NHS leadership programmes for pharmacy technicians 2023

HEE and the NHS Leadership Academy are pleased to announce that applications for the Mary Seacole (55 places) and Rosalind Franklin (12 places) programmes starting from February 2023 are now open

Available to pharmacy technicians who meet the required eligibility criteria: 

  1. GPhC registered pharmacy technician working in any sector in England 
  2. At least two years post qualification 
  3. Mary Seacole – first time leader in health and care in a ‘formal’ position of leadership with responsibilities for people and services.  This may include the following, as an example: 
  • Line managing staff 
  • Supervising trainees 
  • Day to day management of the dispensary, pharmacy, or your area of work, including allocating work and / or co-ordinating rotas 
  • Problem solving / managing complaints 
  • Managing projects 
  • Liaising with different healthcare professionals  
  • Initiating or contributing to change in the workplace 
  1. Rosalind Franklin – mid-level leader aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services, or systems.
  • The support of their line manager (evidence required) 
  • Availability to attend the mandatory study days 
  • Evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria 
  • Commitment to use the leadership skills within your area of competence and expertise, for the delivery of NHS services as they emerge. 

Leadership training on both courses is available to pharmacy technicians who meet the eligibility criteria. The Mary Seacole places are fully funded by Health Education England and the Rosalind Franklin are fully funded in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy. 

Visit the HEE website to find out more.

For any further enquiries, contact [email protected].  

Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway

Pharmacists who have qualified in the last 12 months can take apply to the Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway.

This learner led pathway is designated to integrate with work commitments and complement existing workplace-based and postgraduate learning.

While the pathway is optional, it is strongly encouraged for all eligible pharmacists to register so that they may benefit from:

  • the RPS e-Portfolio, supporting learners in reflecting on their development and learning
  • the curriculum and revised learning outcomes
  • the library of resources mapped against the curriculum domains
  • workplace supervision

HEE will contribute £500 towards supervision costs for each learner signed up to the pathway. Registration to the e-Portfolio will register the learner on the Pathway and initiate the payments-to-employers process, through existing payment mechanisms.

Gentle reminder; to receive funding by the end of this financial year, learners will need to register by signing up to the RPS post registration foundation pharmacist e-portfolio here by Wednesday 30th November.

For further information or any queries regarding the Pathway, please contact Cindy Cheung, [email protected]

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

This e-course is scheduled to launch on 12 Sept. 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 Leads Programme - North West Leadership Academy (NWLA)

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

Pharmacy Technician Coffee Break Conversations

SPS are running some Coffee Break Conversations for Pharmacy Technicians!

In these short conversations pharmacy technicians talk about the variety of roles and opportunities for the profession, and the contribution they make to patient care.

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. We are communicating directly with learners and their supervisors about the end of programme sign-off process, and IFPP regional leads are on hand to answer questions from learners and supervisors:  

A new briefing note and case study has been produced in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and Primary Care Pharmacy Association, which outlines how GP practices and PCNs can start referring into the service as soon as the secure electronic referral process has been agreed with local community pharmacies.

The pathway was introduced as a new route to refer patients to CPCS, in addition to referrals from NHS 111 and should be a fundamental part of restoring and increasing access to primary care services following wave two of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An implementation toolkit supports practice staff and PCNs to implement the service with NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams.

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.

SPS are running some Coffee Break Conversations for Pharmacy Technicians:

https://soundcloud.com/nhs_sps/sets/pharmacy-technician-coffee

In these short conversations pharmacy technicians talk about the variety of roles and opportunities for the profession, and the contribution they make to patient care. Please circulate to technicians in your teams.

New resource alert! 

Welcome to the new home of Teaching and Learning Consultation Skills (TALC Skills) and Healthy English: www.consultationskills.com.

TALC Skills covers all aspects of consulting with a patient, whether you are a GP or another healthcare professional, and aims to make consultations more enjoyable and more efficient.

These valuable free resources can be used independently by anyone who wants to learn or improve their consultation skills – or by educators. TALC Skills is an RCGP award-winner and its popular podcast has already received more than 28,000 downloads.

Healthy English has been developed to help everyone who works with patients become a better user of English. It addresses the language and communication needs of international health and care staff, their trainers and colleagues working in the UK.

Access to both of these resources is free of charge to NHS people and organisations.

Sign up and join hundreds of other colleagues across the country who are using this trending new resource. 

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Meet Our Team

Rizvan Ahmed

Primary Care Clinical Advisor (Pharmacy)

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