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a person studying imageJanuary 29 2018

A new suite of Masters-level post-registration education supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund is being made available to community pharmacists.

Health Education England is inviting applications for the courses, which will cover five strands:

  • service improvement;
  • extended skills;
  • patient activation;
  • delivering medicines optimisation; and
  • NHS England priorities.

The PIF support will cover the period from February 2018 to March 2019, and equates to 2,000 postgraduate certificates. Courses will be delivered by De Montfort University, the University of Manchester, and the University of Bath. These will operate as lead partners with consortium arrangements in place with the University of Exeter and Keele University.

“The courses are only open to post-registration community pharmacists. All learners will need to assure provider organisations that they meet the course requirements,” said HEE.

Core criteria for entry onto the course are:

  • pharmacists must demonstrate that they are working at least 0.4 whole time equivalent (WTE) days per week in a community pharmacy;
  • locum pharmacists must have sponsorship support from a pharmacy to access the portfolio of modules;
  • employer agreement to release and support learners, including the support of work-based assessments;
  • learners must be able to demonstrate the added value of their training to service delivery;
  • learners must commit to share information and participate in the development of case studies to demonstrate the impact of role as part of transformation of pharmacy services;
  • learners must agree to be part of a future evaluation of the impact of new skills on service delivery.

“Community pharmacists can choose to take a single module or range of modules, with different credit values, dependent on their development needs or interests, with a maximum of 60 credits per learner per year (60 credits is equivalent to a postgraduate certificate),” said HEE. It has worked with stakeholders and partners, including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and pharmacy professional bodies, “to develop these flexible and accessible blended learning solutions.”

Tim Harrison, of DMU’s Leicester School of Pharmacy, said: “DMU is proud to have been commissioned by the NHS to deliver this innovative training; it builds upon our expertise and experience in delivering post-graduate education to community pharmacists over the last 20 years.

“Community pharmacists are a valuable resource, who work hard to support their patients and NHS colleagues, and this opportunity and investment in the workforce is hugely welcomed. Through this training, pharmacists will be able to further develop their practice to meet the evolving needs of the NHS, support multi-disciplinary teams, and help patients to get the best from their medicines, and support their health and wellbeing.”

Links:
HEE announcement     
HEE ‘Post-registration Training for Community Pharmacists’     
De Montfort University announcement             
DMU PIF course information    

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