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HEE Integrated Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician National Pilot 2020/22

Programme Introduction

PWDS are pleased to support the HEE Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) National Pilot, where Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians are trained across sectors and complete a 2 year training programme commencing in February 2020 (Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians ).

This qualification will enable registration as a pharmacy technician with the GPhC.

The integrated model facilitates the training of PTPTs across sectors in a tri-partnership model.

This pilot will create structured training, offering a minimum of 12 weeks’ experience in a minimum of three of the following healthcare settings: – secondary care

  • Community mental health
  • Community pharmacy
  • General practice
  • Care homes

Entry Criteria

The following prerequistes must be met before application

Applications for this cohort are now closed.

Programme Features

Employers from community pharmacy, general practice, care homes, secondary care and community mental health have formed partnerships and recruited pre-registration trainees for a 24-month period, with the lead employer responsible for employing the trainees. Trainees started in February 2020.

These trainees are additional to the existing pipeline and aims to support future workforce needs in new and expanding roles, such as primary care.

Trainees will benefit from quality further and higher education and training from one of the biggest further education colleges in the country, in line with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) Initial Education and Training Standards (IETs)

Programme Details

This is a national pilot funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF). The PhIF commissions and delivers a range of training and development programmes to support the development of the pharmacy profession through a partnership arrangement between Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

This pilot aims to develop models that meet the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) evidence framework, with the required infrastructure to support pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians.

The pilot also aims to provide sufficient volume to determine suitable curricula, and educational and practice/clinical supervisory arrangements, for further roll-out.

There are significant benefits of the integrated training model for all, including:

  • Contribution to the development of a flexible pharmacy technician workforce, better prepared to deliver enhanced integrated cross-sector healthcare system services for patients and the public
  • Equipping pre-registration pharmacy technicians with a broader skillset, allowing them to better support service delivery to patients and the public across all healthcare systems
  • Improved understanding of the transfer of care issues and how to support patients as they transition between care settings
  • Enhanced relationships between partners supporting the development of primary care networks and integrated care systems
  • Increased awareness of barriers and difficulties with communication and transfer of care and how to resolve them

Although PTPTs will be supernumerary, they will support service delivery.

Support for the pilot trainees

All trainees have an educational supervisor who will oversee the training programme and practice/clinical supervisors in each rotation. HEE have also provided a Regional Facilitator to offer ongoing support and guidance for all involved in the pilot. Mary Carter is the Regional Facilitator for the South cohort of the pilot and can be contacted at mary.carter@hee.nhs.uk

Method of Delivery​

The two-year programme will be delivered via virtual classroom/e-learning one day a week.

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Programme Director

For general enquiries or in case of Programme Director absence:

Email: pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0117 342 6677

Useful Links

The education provider for the Integrated PTPT National Pilot is Bradford College. Trainees are undertaking the Level 3 Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians BTEC Level 3 Diploma via the non apprenticeship route. Further details regarding this education provision can be found here:  https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/courses/course/principles-and-practice-for-pharmacy-technicians-btec-level-3-diploma/september-2021/

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians United Kingdom (APTUK) is the national professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians working in all pharmacy sectors across all countries in the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. APTUK work on behalf of pharmacy technicians securing and advocating the pharmacy technician profession and advancing the professions education and scope of practice. Further details regarding APTUK can be found at the website here: https://www.aptuk.org/

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Applications for this cohort are now closed.