England’s first national community pharmacy workforce survey will help to shape future training and development for pharmacy teams, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has said.

PSNC is encouraging all contractors in England* to participate in the survey, which is being conducted for Health Education England (HEE). Contractors will receive an email from NHS England asking them to take part in a questionnaire looking at the role of the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, medicines counter and dispensary workforce.

The questionnaire should take around 15 minutes for most pharmacies, and all responses will be treated confidentially, says PSNC. Potential ways in which the data may be used by HEE include:

  • To inform the commissioning of education and training for the wider primary healthcare team including community pharmacy
  • To support education investment decisions by HEE
  • To establish differences and shortages of skill mix in different areas and share good practice
  • To support understanding of the capacity and capability of the workforce in the community pharmacy sector as part of transformation plans being delivered by Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).

Alastair Buxton, director of NHS Services at PSNC, said: “We encourage all contractors to complete the survey. This is the first ever national workforce survey and the data collected through it will inform future commissioning of clinical education and development of the whole pharmacy team.

“Additional education and development for the whole pharmacy team will support the sector’s ambition to radically enhance and expand the personalised care, support and wellbeing services that community pharmacies provide, as described in the Community Pharmacy Forward View.

“It is therefore important that contractors complete the survey so that HEE has the information it needs to properly plan future training and development initiatives.”

* Asda, Boots, Lloyds, Morrisons, Rowlands, Superdrug, Tesco and Well have already completed the survey, and pharmacies in London and the Thames Valley have completed a similar survey, so will not receive a request to complete it.

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