Fully funded by NHSE, the 12-month Newly qualified pharmacist programme takes a blended learning approach, and offers a mix of online learning, workshops, assessment and work-based support through a designated CPPE education supervisor.
Newly qualified pharmacists need to adapt to a new phase in their career, and experience the responsibilities of professional judgement, clinical decision making and accountability as a registered professional before preparing to train as an independent prescriber. The Preparing to train as an independent prescriber programme is included as one of the modules of the Newly qualified pharmacist programme, and you would agree the optimal time to book onto this module with your education supervisor. As well as supporting you to prepare to train as an IP, the CPPE Newly qualified pharmacist programme will springboard your development and enable you to develop the attributes that pharmacists of the future will need to deliver increasingly complex clinical care.
The Newly qualified pharmacist programme aligns with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Post-registration foundation curriculum. This curriculum is underpinned by the RPS Foundation Framework 2019 and has been designed to support early career pharmacists further develop their capabilities to deliver safe and effective person-centred care. The outcomes place the patient, medicines optimisation and service delivery at the heart of the pharmacist’s role.
The Newly qualified pharmacist programme is designed to enable pharmacists to demonstrate outcomes in the RPS Post-registration Foundation Curriculum. The programme is designed to develop pharmacists who can:
The Canvas online learning platform will be a virtual ‘classroom’ and networking site throughout the programme. We will provide you with Canvas login details and an induction to the platform.
The programme includes the following online modules:
Each module has a self-assessment, an e-learning component and a range of workplace activities that are used to support the application of learning to practice. Modules 1-4 are mapped to the domains, capabilities and learning outcomes in the RPS Post-registration foundation pharmacist curriculum to enable learners to identify evidence of competence for their portfolio.
The Preparing to train as an independent prescriber e-course is included as module 5, and you would agree the optimal time to book onto this module with your education supervisor. Module 5 is mapped to the RPS competency framework for all prescribers, because you need to become familiar with the competencies in this framework and how you can demonstrate them as you train to become an IP.
The Newly qualified pharmacist programme will include attendance at two CPPE online workshops. Pharmacists choose workshops in discussion with their education supervisor, relevant to their individual learning needs. We have a list of recommended workshops, including clinical topics, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and workshops to support pharmacists to deliver community pharmacy services, eg, emergency contraception.
Pharmacists will also complete the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service: essential skills programme, which includes a self-directed online course and an online workshop.
Assessments include e-assessments, supervised learning events (also known as practice-based assessments) and a portfolio. The assessment strategy is proportionate, providing assurance of patient safety within a manageable time.
The practice-based assessment strategy will support newly qualified pharmacists to complete a range of supervised learning events, that are assessed by their education supervisor. Assessment activities are recorded using standardised assessment tools to support a consistent approach.
The e-portfolio, provided by the RPS and Axia Digital, will assist newly qualified pharmacists and their education supervisor to record, upload, manage and review evidence to demonstrate progress against the learning outcomes in the RPS Post-registration Foundation Curriculum.
At the end of the Newly qualified pharmacist programme, pharmacists will have a review meeting with their education supervisor to discuss their progression over 12-months, in relation to the outcomes in the RPS Post-registration Foundation Curriculum and the evidence in their portfolio. The learner will also complete an end of programme learning needs analysis (LNA) and personal development plan (PDP).
Newly qualified pharmacists will be allocated a designated CPPE education supervisor, who will review progress in practice, and provide feedback and support. This support will develop the learner’s confidence and competence to deliver high-quality pharmacy services. The relationship between the pharmacist and their education supervisor is vital to successful development during the programme.
The education supervisor will meet with each pharmacist at the start of the programme to discuss their learning needs analysis and personal development plan. They will also meet with each pharmacist regularly throughout the programme, to complete end of module reviews and conduct supervised learning events. Meetings will be online, apart from some supervised learning events that require observation of practice in the workplace. The education supervisor will also complete a mid-point review and end of programme review.
The CPPE education supervisor’s role will include the following activities:
For many pharmacists, the next step after completing the Newly qualified pharmacist programme will be enrolling on an IP training course.
The GPhC entry requirements for a pharmacist IP course state that applicants must have relevant experience in a UK pharmacy setting. They must also recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required to be a prescriber, and this knowledge should act as the foundation of their prescribing practice while training.
The Newly qualified pharmacist programme will support pharmacists to demonstrate readiness to enrol on an IP course by enabling them to:
The Preparing to train as an independent prescriber e-course is included as Module 5 of the Newly qualified pharmacist programme. This module is designed to support you in preparing to apply for an IP course. It will also guide you to reflect on your existing transferable skills and identify development needs to support your readiness for starting an IP course.