In January 2021, the Pharmacy regulators (GPhC & PSNI) launched the new Initial Education and Training Standards for Pharmacists (IETP). The NPA continues to work with key stakeholders across the four nations in the implementation of these standards. Please click on the relevant links to see the detail pertaining to your country. For further information or queries regarding workforce policy email us at email@example.com
What is the NPA doing?
We know NPA members are continuing to face a growing crisis in the retention of community pharmacists and skilled support team members.Following a call to NPA members to share their experiences we have now begun to have conversations with key stakeholders across the UK.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our call on sharing their experiences regarding this important issue so far, but we are still continuing to collate evidence.
If you have yet to respond and are worried about workforce and retention in your pharmacy, please email any concerns to us firstname.lastname@example.org, or directly to your respective Country Representative Manager. If you prefer to talk over the phone, please let us know and we will arrange a suitable time with you to discuss the issues.
Inclusion of Pharmacists on the Shortage Occupation List:
The NPA has been submitting evidence to the Migrations Advisory Committee (MAC) since 2018. We have attended stakeholder engagement events hosted by MAC, where we have outlined issues surrounding the community pharmacy workforce. We have also petitioned the Home Office in September 2019 following the first shortage occupation list which did not include community pharmacists. After successful campaigning and petitioning, both verbally and in writing, we were pleased to see pharmacists making an appearance on the shortage occupation list. We continue to have conversations with the Home Office on how we can address the workforce crisis.
View UK–wide and country–specific updates and guidance below:
England: add Funded IP courses available on a first come first service basis before March 2022, and then link to the news item/ e-mail solus published today.
England: add Participating in national Foundation Trainee Pharmacist recruitment 2022 (2023 intake) via Oriel.
Please email any concerns about workforce and retention issues in your pharmacy to either your NPA country representative manager* or the NPA Policy Manager, Helga Mangion at email@example.com (see below for email addresses).
If you prefer to talk over the phone, please let us know and we will arrange a suitable time with you to discuss the issues.
*NPA country representative manager details:
• Members in Scotland – Janice Oman: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Members in Northern Ireland – Anne McAlister: email@example.com
• Members in Wales – Jonathan Rees: J.Rees@npa.co.uk
UK–wide updates and guidance
Employer information about the UK points-based immigration system: Information for employers to help them prepare for the UK’s new points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021 has been updated. For more information, click here.
Country specific updates and guidance:
add Funded IP courses available on a first come first service basis before March 2022, and then link to the news item/ e-mail solus published today.
add Participating in national Foundation Trainee Pharmacist recruitment 2022 (2023 intake) via Oriel.