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NHS England launch first leadership training for pharmacists


HUNDREDS OF community pharmacists and technicians working across the NHS are being offered the opportunity to develop leadership and management skills on a training programme. The six month programme, has been extended for the first time to the community pharmacy sector.

Delivered by the flagship Mary Seacole programme run by NHS Leadership Academy, the six month course has been extended for the first time to 600 pharmacy staff working in the community pharmacy sector.

The course is designed to develop participants’ clinical leadership skills to better develop and support the delivery of high quality frontline services to patients and customers. The aim is to support pharmacy professionals to make the best use of their clinical skills to review people’s medicines in GP surgeries, care homes, urgent care and in the community and working as part of an integrated part of the wider healthcare team.

The programme supports the transformation of pharmacy as outlined in the Five Year Forward View. Funded by NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund, it is part of a two-year £15 million package committed to education and development in partnership with Health Education England.

The first course started in London on Monday (Oct 31), with further cohorts beginning across the country in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and the West Midlands from November, followed by 10 other regions. It will allow participants to study flexibly with the majority of learning taking place online in addition to three face-to-face workshops delivered locally.

Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Bruce Warner, said: “NHS England is committed to supporting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through investment in education and skills so they can spend more time leading the delivery of high quality clinical care for patients in a variety of integrated primary and urgent care settings. This is a very exciting opportunity for community pharmacy and we hope we get an enthusiastic response.”

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