If you are a pharmacist and interested in working in primary care, we believe there will be something of interest for you on this page.
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The Pharmaceuticals Advisors Group (PAG) have released a document outlining the potential roles and responsibilities of pharmacy professionals in primary care during the COVID pandemic. This information is designed to assist managers and practitioners to make the best use of their resources and skill mix.
Postgraduate qualifications are becoming ever more important as pharmacy professionals are asked to take on new roles. Take advantage of fully funded NHS training to develop your skills and prepare for an exciting change in the pharmacy profession.
- Study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy from leading Universities across England
- Gain the Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician qualification from CPPE across the country.
Courses start regularly and allow you to study online, with minimal or no face to face time, depending on the course. The training is funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
The General Practice Forward View committed to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. This is part of a wider expansion of the general practice workforce so that patients have better local access to a range of highly trained health professionals for their needs.
Clinical pharmacists working as part of the team in general practice can make a huge difference to both patients and clinical colleagues.
As part of the multidisciplinary team Clinical pharmacists are able to advise other professionals about medicines issues, resolve problems with prescriptions and reduce prescribing errors, improve value and outcomes from medicines and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medicines and better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.
Having clinical pharmacists in general practice means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with more complex conditions. This helps GPs manage the increasing demands on their time.
If you already are working as a clinical pharmacist in General Practice you can help us increase recruitment by hosting pharmacy students. Student placements can enable you identify potential future employees, and raise the profile of primary care as a career destination, encouraging newly qualified professionals to enter the primary care workforce understanding the reality and benefits of their choice.
Becoming a placement provider gives you the opportunity to work in partnership with local HEIs, to develop a skilled and effective workforce which will meet the needs of Oxfordshire now and in the future.
There are many benefits to practices for becoming a placement provider, including:
- encouraging a culture of learning in your practice,
- improving team development,
- attracting staff with the right values,
- enabling your staff to provide evidence of CPD, and
- becoming part of community pharmacy rotation, and
- receiving support from HEIs and the Oxfordshire Training Hub.
To be eligible your practice must already have a qualified clinical pharmacist who can supervise the pre-registration pharmacy student.
Interested in becoming an OTH training practice? Contact us to discuss how you can become involved.
MORPh specialise in providing training to CCG, clinical, practice and GP pharmacists on a range of clinical therapy areas. We have a national programme of study days and can provide bespoke training for individual groups. The national programme is free to all pharmacists working in GP practices or CCGs.
MORPh Training and Consultancy has a solid pharmacy foundation with a reputation for delivering high quality services. A pharmacist-managed and led organisation, with directors Dr Duncan Jenkins and Rachel Jeynes and a team of associates from the NHS. MORPh have 16 year’s experience of working at a high level with the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry.
MORPh Training provides specialist training for Primary Care, CCG and Practice Based pharmacists. For more information and to see the list of upcoming webinars and study days please visit here.
The new standards enable a pharmacy technician to train within a GP environment and there is now an apprenticeship which supports an employer led model and upskilling (as well as new staff).
Placements within a registered pharmacy need to take place during the 2-year training period, so a general practice would need to be prepared to release their employee on placement to meet the requirements. The detail regarding length of placements is being clarified.
There may be an opportunity to support the training of pharmacy technicians and their placements in cross-sector roles e.g. GP with hospital and/or community (retail) pharmacy. A task and finish group has been set up to plan this framework. Part of this work will be pulling information together which is relevant to GP to ensure all questions are answered regarding placements etc.
As more information is available we will update the website but in the meantime we’d encourage GPs who are interested in training a pharmacy technician to start having conversations with local hospitals and community pharmacies regarding these placements.
Purpose of webinar:
- Overview of the project & role of pharmacy technician
- Provide details of eligibility for funding
- Advice on elements of the training programme including
placements & required supervision
- Application process
- Answer questions related to the project
The slides for this webinar are very informative and can be found here