We are delighted to confirm that we will be delivering the second phase of education for pharmacists entering general practice.
During the first phase of the scheme, over 450 pharmacists registered on an 18-month pathway, which included residential learning, study days and local learning sets.
The second phase of the scheme is now being launched and will see up to 1500 pharmacists join the pathway, which will be delivered with educational partners at the Universities of Bath, Brighton, East Anglia (UEA), Exeter, Leeds and Manchester.
We will also be working with Red Whale, who provide ongoing training for general practitioners to ensure the clinical pharmacists we support are offered the same learning and ongoing development as their GP colleagues.
In 2015, NHS England announced Phase 1 of the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme to test the role of clinical pharmacists working in general practice.
As part of this scheme, CPPE delivered its General practice pharmacist training pathway for all pharmacists employed in NHS England bid sites.
Dr James Desborough, from the UEA School of Pharmacy, says: “UEA is delighted to be working with CPPE and the other delivery partners to provide this important education and training to support pharmacists entering careers in GP practices.
“The delivery partners have been working closely together to plan the innovative training pathways, and as we not move towards delivery, I am particularly excited by the prospect of novel working and collaboration that will have lasting benefits for the wider pharmacy profession.”
CPPE plans to refresh and develop the course ahead of the latest intake of clinical pharmacists, highlighting the important role pharmacists can play in a general practice setting.
Professor John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Exeter, echoed this sentiment: “The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to be one of the regional partners, working with CPPE, on this exciting initiative.
“Extending the roles of pharmacists is one of the measures needed to sustain primary care services for patient care.”
Clinical pharmacists recruited to the Phase 2 scheme should enroll at www.cppe.ac.uk to secure their place on the education which starts in January 2018. When enrollment is approved pharmacists will receive a welcome pack and will be offered a personal appointment with their education supervisor to assess their learning needs, discuss their pathway options and modules and start online learning straight away.