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Community Pharmacist Post-registration Training supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
Community pharmacist training supported by NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) through the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), provides pharmacists the opportunity to study postgraduate modules, on a modular basis, from a variety of providers. Pharmacists are able to access PhIF/HEE funding up to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy Practice.*
At Keele University we have over 20 years’ experience of providing postgraduate pharmacy courses, designed with flexibility as a key feature through open distance and work-based learning,thus with no requirement to attend the University. Our CPD Plus pathway allows you to study modules at 10, 15 or 30 credits to meet your individual learning needs. At Keele University you can commence your studies at anytime throughout the year. You will be fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. The Programme is also supported by our network of experienced practising pharmacists who fulfil the role of tutors. This post-registration training provision allows pharmacists to study any of the modules listed below:
PhIF/HEE Funded Module Choices (click on the module name for further information)
- Cardiovascular Disease 1 (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Cardiovascular Disease 2 (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Central Nervous System Diseases (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Endocrine Disease (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Gastrointestinal Disease (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Joint & Bone Disease (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Mental Health (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Monitoring Therapy (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Respiratory Disease (10,15 or 30 credits)
- Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)
- Evaluating Practice (10 credits)
- Introduction to Public Health (10, 15 or 30 credits)
- Introduction to Working in General Practice (10 or 15 credits)
- Leadership and Change Management (10 credits)
- Personal Effectiveness & Collaborative Working (10 credits)
- Quality in Healthcare and Evidence Based Practice (10 credits)
- Rational Prescribing and Medicines Optimisation (10 credits)
Eligibility for Support
In order to qualify for this support you must:
- have employer agreement to release and support you including the support of work-based assessments
- be able to demonstrate the added value of your training to service delivery. For example, evidence could include working as part of Healthy Living Pharmacies with level 1 status or above or provision of existing services such as NMS (New Medicine Service)/MUR (Medicines Use Reviews)/seasonal flu or locally commissioned clinical services
- agree to share information and participate in the development of case studies to demonstrate the impact of role as part of transformation of pharmacy services
- agree to your data being shared with third parties, eg De Montfort University (as the lead provider), HEE and NHS England and any organisation appointed by HEE and NHS England to evaluate the training
- agree to be part of a future evaluation of the impact of new skills on service delivery
- demonstrate that you are working at least 0.4 whole time equivalent (WTE) days per week in a community pharmacy. If you work as a Locum Pharmacist you must have sponsorship support from a pharmacy to access the portfolio of modules.
Pharmacists enrolled on the following NHS England service pathways are not eligible to access this post-registration training provision:
- Integrating Pharmacy into Urgent Care
- Pharmacy Integration in Care homes
- Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 1 and 2
Please note, PhIF/HEE only funds the cost of the course/module. It does not fund work place costs eg supervision or remuneration for time on the course.
How to apply for fully-funded modules
In addition to the University on-line application you are also required to complete the following forms:
Please upload your completed forms into the online University application form.
The University on-line application form can be found via the link below:
Pharmacists in London and the South East can choose either the University of Bath, Keele University or De Montfort University.
Pharmacists in Midlands and East can choose either De Montfort University or Keele University.
For further information please contact either:
Gill Wilson, Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator
telephone: +44 1782 733755
Shabana Ali, Postgraduate Programme Manager
telephone: +44 1782 733445
Post-registration Training for Pharmacists is supported by NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) through the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF). It will strengthen and diversify the pharmacy workforce and help to improve patient care. The fund has been set up by NHS England to enable pharmacist and pharmacy technician integration in primary care as part of new multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, making the most of their clinical skills, particularly for the benefit of people with long-term conditions.