Welsh Government drive to boost pharmacy workforce

Wednesday April 17th, 2019

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced a new campaign to attract more pharmacists to Wales and an extra £3.6m to train more in Wales.Government Opportunities

With pharmacists playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of healthcare, the Welsh Government is taking action to ensure Wales has a sustainable, appropriately trained workforce of pharmacists.

A new Welsh Government campaign promotes Wales as a ‘top choice’ location for pharmacists to Train, Work and Live.

Alongside this, Mr Gething has announced an extra £3.6m in 2020/21 to transform the way pharmacists are trained in Wales. The money, rising to an additional £4.9m by 2023/24, will almost double the number of training places from around 100 each year now to 200 by August 2023.

In a UK first, all trainees will be employed and trained by the NHS regardless of whether they complete the majority of their training in a community pharmacy, a hospital or a GP practice.

Mr Gething said:

“Pharmacists play an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care in Wales. We have made great strides in Wales with pharmacists providing advice and treatment, reducing the burden on our GPs.

“As demand for their clinical skills increase we must ensure we are able to a train sufficient number of pharmacists to meet the needs of the NHS in Wales in all sectors of pharmacy practice. This is new unique and distinctive approach to training will meet the growing expectations of UK pharmacy graduates and the long term needs of the NHS in Wales.

“Together with our new marketing campaign, this investment sends a clear signal that Wales is a great place for pharmacists to train work and live.”

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