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Pharmacy Integration Fund courses for pharmacy technicians

Working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other partners, HEE has developed new, fully-funded, and innovative programmes for pharmacy technicians. These are funded from the Pharmacy Integration Fund. 

A number of workforce development opportunities are available for individual pharmacy technicians. These offer flexible and accessible learning solutions, allowing those enrolling to study at work, or in their own time.

Learn more about these courses below:

The NHS Leadership Academy, as part of Health Education England, is working in collaboration with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), to offer the Mary Seacole leadership development programme to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy.

This NHS-led flagship programme is designed to develop leadership and management skills enabling pharmacy professionals to drive the provision of quality services in community pharmacy and really make a difference to the health of the patients.

Pharmacy technicians are eligible for a place on funded Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) training.

This training, specifically for pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy, meets the National Occupational Standard and the National Framework for Accuracy Checking. It is provided by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

Learners will complete a blended learning programme and are required to take a summative assessment, with colleagues from hospital pharmacy. Funding from the Pharmacy Integration Fund allows them one attempt at this. They have up to a year to complete the programme and will need to be supported whilst undertaking the course by an Educational Supervisor.

Successful community pharmacy technicians will then be able to perform the final accuracy check of dispensed items on prescriptions clinically approved by a pharmacist. Eligibility criteria, information about applying and the Educational Supervisor requirements can be found on CPPE’s website. Funding for this pilot programme will end in September 2018.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians working in community pharmacy settings are being offered fully-funded training through the Pharmacy Integration Fund to support them in their roles to develop skills to allow greater integration with the NHS locally.  HEE is offering training to support pharmacists working with local primary care providers in supporting patients in a care home setting. 

This initiative will see care home training for up to 600 clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through an 18-month workplace-based model to enable them to improve and support the delivery of multi-disciplinary care in care home settings. This could include care settings for mental health, children and young people.  

Both residential and nursing care homes within Sustainability and Transformation partnership (STP) and Integrated Care Systems areas across England will be part of the programme. Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians will be recruited by local providers, commissioned by a lead Clinical Care Group, who will receive funding from NHS England.

Newly appointed pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be directed by their employers on how to enroll on the training programme which will be delivered nationally by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

Upon completion, pharmacy professionals will be able to work with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver medicines optimisation for the benefit of patients, as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team. Clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be embedded within care homes and they will become fully integrated members of the clinical multi-disciplinary team in a patient facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. prescribing and seek to improve problematic polypharmacy, safe medicines use and patient outcomes. 

Read the factsheet.

A new pilot community pharmacy technician training programme has been launched in the West Midlands.

The pilot, which is run by Coventry University and supported by Coventry LPC (Local Pharmaceutical Committee), will enable registered community pharmacy technicians to develop their professional and leadership roles within community pharmacy, alongside targeted workforce and organisational development.

It will run until December 2018, and the outputs will inform the next steps for rollout of training and education nationally from 2018/19. More information can be found on Coventry University’s website or in our factsheet.

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