Foundation Pharmacist Programme

The pharmacy profession has been identified as being underutilised in providing clinical pharmacy care across the integrated care system1 , including existing roles. 

Evidence submitted to the Carter review of Productivity in NHS hospitals, shows that investment of £1 into clinical pharmacy teams saves £5 in overall healthcare costs through reductions in waste.2   It was recommended that there is a need for more independent prescribing pharmacists who can contribute to medicines optimisation.

To enable utilisation of pharmacists in primary care, NHS England have developed new roles, enabled by the pharmacy integration fund including, General Practice Pharmacists, Care home Pharmacists and roles within integrated urgent and emergency care. These pharmacists have been supported by training programmes and the independent prescribing qualification to ensure they are an effective practitioner. 

To support the development of and fulfil the need of existing and new workforce for practice, Health Education England’s ambition is to develop vocational foundation training for pharmacists. To investigate possible models of vocational foundation training, Health Education England London and the South East (HEE LaSE) Pharmacy have commissioned 3 pilot programmes across the region you can read more under Vocational Training Scheme Programme Details page.

The KSS Foundation Pharmacist Programme has closed to new applicants. Legacy trainees can access information on the programme on the links above. 

Foundation Pharmacist Programme

 1.  Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future. December 2017. Health Education England.
 2.  Lord Carter of Coles. ‘Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: Unwarranted variations’. An independent report for the Department of Health. February 2016