PhIF funding for post-registration pharmacist training

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PhIF funding for post-registration pharmacist training

Health Education England (HEE) is rolling out masters-level courses to help post-registration pharmacists apply their skills as part of multidisciplinary NHS teams, with funding coming through the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF).

The courses will cover five strands: service improvement; extended skills; patient activation; delivering medicines optimisation; and NHS England priorities.

Pharmacists can choose to take a single module or a range of modules, and can earn up to 60 credits a year - equivalent to a postgraduate certificate.

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education and quality and national medical director, Health Education England, said: "Making sure the workforce has the right skills, behaviours and values to enable effective multi-disciplinary team working and integration within the NHS is key to the long-term sustainability of the NHS.

"The Pharmacy Integration Fund is enabling us to work with our stake holders to develop this innovative and engaging new training as part of our broader agenda to drive workforce transformation across the NHS to support locally delivered integrated care models."

"NHS England deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Bruce Warner said: "The NHS wants pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to play an increasing clinical role in improving outcomes for patients. The aim is to better integrate pharmacists as clinical professionals into wider primary care by enabling them to spend more time delivering clinical and public health services."

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