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Supporting and developing the primary care workforce through pharmacist education

The aim of the project is to develop the potential for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in integrated models of general practice/primary care service provision


The project is run by University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care, Exeter.  Pharmacists represent an important clinical professional group, many of whom are based in primary care/community settings. Within this professional group, newly qualified pharmacists have particular interests and skills which are of direct relevance to general practice/primary care.

This project involves the design, delivery, and evaluation of a learning opportunity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The learning is suited to individuals interested in developing clinical roles embedded in primary care service delivery. The project will pilot, scope, and test training of pharmacists/pharmacy technicians within a broad multi-professional educational context.

We anticipate that approximately 16 to 20 pharmacists from across the primary and secondary care system will participate in this developing opportunity. The learning will be registered for CPD with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as this will increase the value of the learning to volunteer participants, and in return, participants will feedback and  inform the design of the formal education programme going forward.

In the longer term, it is anticipated that the learning will have the option of being managed through the University of Exeter Medical School flexible Masters programme, currently under development. Similar recognition may take place with parallel programmes within the University of Bath or Plymouth University.

Anticipated benefits are:

In addition to the design of education and training components, we will also assess the impact for pharmacy participants undertaking clinical placements in primary care settings. The CPD itself will require some prior preparation and, following the delivery of each session some post-session follow-up learning both self-directed and using available online resources. A small number of practice placements in primary care will consolidate the learning opportunity. Although the practice placements will be largely focused on general practice, we will have the opportunity to explore a wider range of settings, for example in respect of prison healthcare, primary mental healthcare, outpatient settings, and community based pharmacy settings – these represent opportunities under development. Outcomes representing success in respect of this programme are wide ranging and will include:

  • Developing primary care initiatives that are based on local/regional priorities
  • Capacity and  capability building through engagement of community pharmacists and private healthcare providers,  seeking to improve the quality of primary and secondary care
  • Embedding minor illness and medication management principles across professional boundaries and within integrated care systems.
  • Exploring the potential for pharmacists in examining structured care of individuals with long term conditions.

The project aims to be completed at the end of October 2016.

For more information, please contact Professor John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, Director of University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care, Exeter (APEx).

University of Exeter Medical School, Smeall Building, St. Luke’s Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter. EX1 2LU.  Tel: 01392 722740.  John.campbell@exeter.ac.uk


This Page was last updated on: 7 December 2015

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