The Primary care pharmacy education pathway is for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians employed as part of the NHS England primary care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES) additional roles reimbursement scheme.
The PCN DES requires that all clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be part of a professional clinical network and will always be clinically supervised by a senior clinical pharmacist and GP clinical supervisor (pharmacy technicians can have a pharmacist supervisor see next paragraph).
The clinical supervisor for pharmacists will usually be a GP but if the pharmacist works in a care home, the clinical supervisor could be a consultant geriatrician. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) requires pharmacy technicians to work under the supervision of a pharmacist, therefore a pharmacist with experience of working in general practice or care homes would be the clinical supervisor for a pharmacy technician.Refer to the following table:
|Pharmacy professional||Clinical supervisor required|
|Pharmacist working GP practice and/or care homes||GP or other medic e.g., consultant community geriatrician for pharmacists working solely in care homes|
|Pharmacy technician working in a GP practice and/or care home||Pharmacist with experience of the work that the pharmacy technician will be doing (or a GP if a pharmacist is not available)|
The PCN DES also requires that the following supervision must be in place for clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians:
CPPE provides training for clinical supervisors who are supervising pharmacy professionals on the CPPE Primary care pharmacy education pathway. This consists of a half-day workshop or for those who prefer to undertake training online, there is an option to do the training by attending two linked webinars.
To book your place please follow the links below:
If you are not a pharmacy professional you will need to register with the CPPE website before you can book your place on a workshop or webinar. Go to the registration page, click on register and follow the instructions to create an ‘other’ account. ohttps://www.cppe.ac.uk/mycppe/loginE-workshops:
If you choose to attend the online training you must attend both e-workshops 1 and 2. You will need to book these e-workshops via the CPPE website. Please book both e-workshops separately. You need to use the keycode CSW2020 to book your place. You must have either attended or watched a recording of the first e-workshop before attending the second. The second e-workshop must be attended live. If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical supervisor training for CPPE national training pathways e-workshop webinar 1
Clinical supervisor training for CPPE national training pathways e-workshop webinar 2
The Clinical supervisor self-assessment form is for all clinical supervisors overseeing the progress of pharmacy professionals on a CPPE national training pathway. This form enables clinical supervisors to self-assess their suitability for this role, working through the statements in the form and accessing the links, if necessary, to update their knowledge. This form is for local use only and does not need to be submitted to CPPE.
The Primary care pharmacy education pathway brochure provides an overview of the pathway.Handbooks:
For more detailed information refer to the pathway and role progression handbook and the clinical supervisor and clinical mentor handbooks. You can find these on the handbooks page of our website here.FAQs:
We have created an FAQ document to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions from employers about the Primary care pharmacy education pathway.Newsletter:
Our regular newsletter keeps you up to date with the education pathway. You can find copies of recent newsletters here.Mailing list:
We want to be able to communicate in a timely manner with clinical supervisors and employers, so we encourage all clinical supervisors and line managers of the PCN pharmacy professionals to subscribe to our email distribution list. To subscribe, email: email@example.com from the email address you want to subscribe from with the words Subscribe CPPE-PC-SUPERVISOR in the body of the email.
If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org