Community pharmacists can now access free masters-level training supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund. The training is being delivered across five strands: service improvement; extended skills; patient activation; delivering medicines optimisation and NHS England clinical priorities.
The training is open to post-registration pharmacists in England who work at least 0.4 whole-time equivalent (WTE) days a week in a community pharmacy. Pharmacists can register for one or more modules a year through one of five universities: De Montfort University; and the universities of Manchester, Bath, Exeter and Keele. The courses will be delivered through a combination of online learning, face-to-face workshops and workplace assessments.
“I’d urge community pharmacists to take up this opportunity if at all possible,” said Sandra Gidley, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board. “Developing your skills supports the delivery of high-quality healthcare for patients.”
The training will be offered from February 2018 to March 2019. More details are available from Health Education England.