NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has been awarded Foundation School status by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) accreditation panel. The accreditation, which is for a period of 5 years, recognises the exceptional quality of foundation training for pharmacists in Scotland.
The announcement comes as NES Pharmacy launches its new Vocational Training (VT) Foundation programme in primary care (GP practice) to provide a structured career pathway for pharmacists new to primary care with a nationally recognised training programme — the first in the UK.
RPS accreditation means that trainees who successfully complete the NES VT Foundation training programme will automatically receive RPS Foundation status if they are RPS members.
Professor Anne Watson, Postgraduate Pharmacy Dean, NES said: “I am absolutely delighted that we’ve achieved this accreditation. Together with the launch of the new foundation programme, it represents a huge step forward in developing quality assured vocational training for early years pharmacists and aligns with a programme that has supported new hospital pharmacists for many years. It will also allow a much more flexible workforce which will support the profession in meeting the demands of primary care transformation.”
NES Pharmacy has developed and managed VT Foundation training for hospital pharmacists since 2007. The addition of Foundation training in primary care is the first step towards a pilot to create a Scottish Foundation Framework for early career pharmacists with core competencies as well as sector specific competencies.
It is expected that the final element, integration of community pharmacy sector competencies to the framework, will be piloted in September 2017.