NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Primary care pharmacy education pathway pharmacy technician pilot

We are delighted to announce the extension of the Primary care pharmacy education pathway pilot for pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy technicians play an essential role in supporting skill mix and enhancing the roles of clinical pharmacists and pharmacy services across integrated care systems.

In order to support the service transformation required to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, Health Education England (HEE) is funding a limited number of places on the Primary care pharmacy education pathway for non-PCN pharmacy technicians working in primary care in the NHS in England.

This 18-month workplace-based education programme is fully funded and will support pharmacy technicians to enhance their knowledge and improve their skills to work effectively and provide person-centred care, as well as building confidence to demonstrate leadership skills.

To apply, pharmacy technicians must meet the essential criteria:

  • Be able to travel easily into London, the Leeds/York area or Warwickshire and be able to stay overnight for the induction residential events.
  • Work in a primary care role (eg, GP practice, care home, primary care network (PCN) or clinical commissioning group (CCG)) for at least 2.5 days a week.
  • Be working in a patient-facing role or be moving to a patient-facing role within one month of commencing the programme.
  • Have the support of their employer who will allow for 28 days’ protected learning time over the 18 months and who will provide a clinical supervisor.
  • Be able to commit to studying in their own time for up to 30 days over the 18 months.

Places on the pilot are available for cohorts starting in May 2020. Expression of interest forms must be completed and emailed to primarycare@cppe.ac.uk as soon as possible.

For more information about the Primary care pharmacy education pathway pilot, click here or contact primarycare@cppe.ac.uk.

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