The Scottish government is funding post-registration basic training for up to 130 community pharmacists from October 2021, he said.
As part of the training, which began on October 7, 2021, early childhood pharmacists will take an Independent Prescriber (IP) course and submit a portfolio of evidence that will be assessed by a Clinical Competence Committee, chaired by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
A circular, issued by the Scottish Government on October 7, 2021, said the program will run for two and a half years and is an ‘experiential learning program designed to build confidence in practice of Scotland-specific pharmacy â.
Following the program, pharmacists will receive “RPS certifications indicating that they have completed the NES Post Registration Foundation program plus an IP course.”
The announcement comes after the Scottish Government said in August 2020 that it plans to offer IP training to all pharmacists who complete the NHS Education for Scotland Basic Pharmacy Training Program.
In April 2021, the Scottish Government and Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) committed Â£ 1.44million in annual funding for the post-registration program.
Entrepreneurs who support an early childhood pharmacist through the program will receive a training grant of Â£ 24,000, equivalent to Â£ 1,000 per month over two years, with additional funding provided to support independent prescriber courses, which will be offered by Scottish universities.
The circular added that entrepreneurs must ensure that foundation pharmacists are granted an “average maximum” of 27 days off their normal duties per year to meet course requirements.
Likewise, pedagogical supervisors should be able to be absent from their usual duties for 15 days each year. The replacement of these two elements must be financed by the training subsidy.
Adam Osprey, pharmacist in charge of policy and development at CPS, said he was “delighted” to support the program, adding that it “will bring direction and consistency to the professional development of pharmacists and give them the skills and competence. confidence they will need to provide community pharmacy patient services today and in the future â.
Osprey highlighted “the inclusion of an IP and clinical skills course in the curriculum” which, he said, “will create a flow of pharmacists in the community who will be ready to provide NHS Pharmacy First Plus, expanding again the already strong support that the Scottish Community Pharmacy Network delivers to communities across the country â.
A spokesperson for the NHS Education for Scotland said the program officially started on October 7, 2021, with program registrations now closed. However, there will be another recruitment of pharmacists in February 2022, they added.
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