A recently published Scottish Government circular provides NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors with details of the financial support
being made available for staff training for the period 1 April 2018 – 31 October 2018.
The circular outlines details of financial support for staff training available to community pharmacy contractors for courses
undertaken/completed in the 2017/18 financial year. The courses for which support funding is available are:
- Pharmacy Services Level 2: NVQ/SVQ.
- Pharmacy Services Level 3: NVQ/SVQ.
- Accredited Checking Technician: NPA Accuracy in Dispensing Training Module or equivalent.
- SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) in Final Accuracy Checking by Pharmacy Technicians.
Each contractor, i.e. each community pharmacy, will be able to claim £800 as a contribution towards their costs in putting a permanent member of their staff through one or more of the courses listed above. No more than £800 per contractor is payable.
Payment will be made on submission of evidence that a member of the claimant/contractor’s staff [is about to commence, has commenced or has completed a listed course during the period 1 April 2018 – 31 October 2018.