Take part in the first survey into community pharmacy workforce development needs

16 August 2017

Health Education England (HEE) is inviting over 11,500 community pharmacies in England to participate in the first ever national survey looking at training and development needs across the community pharmacy sector workforce.

The GPhC is encouraging all community pharmacies in England to respond to the survey, which is designed to inform the commissioning of clinical education and development for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider team.

A significant programme of education and development is currently being progressed by HEE, in collaboration with NHS England and funded by NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund, and this will be informed by the results of the survey.

This includes:

•access to post-registration clinical pharmacy education and training up to diploma level for community pharmacists

•workforce development and a prescribing qualification for clinical pharmacists who work in care homes and integrated urgent care hubs/GP out of hours services

•clinical leadership development for pharmacy technicians

The Pharmacy Integration Fund supports the development of clinical pharmacy practice by integrating pharmacists and pharmacy technicians into wider primary care settings.

The survey will collect key information around training requirements, recruitment experiences and working patterns of staff employed in each community pharmacy premises. Each community pharmacy across England will have a unique, secure log-in – sent by email to the contractor – to access the questionnaire which closes on 31 September 2017.

HEE, working with NHS England, will use the survey feedback to further develop and inform education and training plans, identify potential shortfalls and potentially map community pharmacy availability against populations which have identified lower healthcare outcomes.

The survey will be issued to around 5,000 independent pharmacy premises. The multiple chains – Asda, Boots, Lloyds, Morrisons, Rowlands, Superdrug, Tesco, and Well – have already completed the survey via the Company Chemists’ Association.

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