Community pharmacy services are expected to transform, as new clinical pharmacy services, working practices and digital platforms develop to meet the public’s expectations for a modern NHS community pharmacy service.
In 2016, NHS England announced the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), established to support pharmacy and transform how it operates across the NHS for the benefit of patients over the next two years and meet these needs. The fund will also look at supporting the development of clinical pharmacy practice in a wider range of primary care settings, resulting in more integrated and effective NHS primary care for patients, and promote responsible use of medicines.
To support this, we are looking at how we can help to:
- support the workforce's transition to deliver a wider range of services for patients
- develop clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, so that they are equipped and able, to be responsive to delivering pharmacy care where required.
To ensure we plan our future investment in education commissioning effectively, we need to fully understand the scale and skill set of the community pharmacy workforce and are currently carrying out a national online survey of the current workforce. The survey, which closes on 30 September, builds on previous work undertaken in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, London and Thames Valley. Once completed, this data will be used:
- To inform the commissioning of education and training for the wider primary health care team including community pharmacy
- To support education investment decisions
- To establish differences and shortages of skill mix in different geographical areas and share good practice
- To support understanding of the capacity and capability of the workforce in the community pharmacy sector as part of transformation plans being delivered by the Sustainable Transformation Partnerships (STPs).