HEATHER Harrison a senior prescribing advisor at Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has been seconded to a joint post with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) for 12 months. In consultation with major stakeholders, Heather will lead on the scoping and development of a Foundation Vocational Training (FVT) competency framework to support career progression in the community pharmacy sector.
Heather said: “I am delighted to be joining NES and RPS on secondment and look forward to taking forward this important piece of developmental work for community pharmacy.”
NES Pharmacy Foundation (early careers) Vocational Training is currently only available to those working in secondary care. Building on the RPS Foundation Framework, the FVT competency framework will provide a similarly structured training programme to those working in the community, enabling the provision of standardised quality training within two years of qualification.
The training will increase professional confidence and competence whilst augmenting the capability and capacity of the community pharmacy workforce to improve the quality of care for their patients as envisioned by Prescription for Excellence, according to the RPS.