KSS Foundation Programme Details

The KSS programme is no longer commissioned by HEE LaSE Pharmacy. Information on this website is for existing KSS Foundation Pharmacists, Educational Supervisors, Educational Programme Directors and Employing Trusts. Trainees on the KSS programme who started in January 2018 are funded to complete the full programme but they must start FS2 in September 2019.

The HEE LaSE Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation Pharmacist Programme is primarily a work-place based programme, academically supported by Medway School of Pharmacy (MSOP) and University of Brighton School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (UB). The programme is commissioned by Health Education England LaSE Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE LaSE KSS) and is available to Foundation Pharmacists employed by NHS Trusts within the region.

The programme was formed in conjunction with the Joint Programmes Board (JPB). The JPB is a consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) working in collaboration with NHS specialist pharmacy services. The aim of JPB programmes is:

 
To ensure that the training of pharmacists meets the modern requirements of the NHS to be 'fit for practice' in order to provide consistently high quality patient care.
 

The programme is developed to last two and a half years. It is divided into two stages:

Foundation Stage 1: the initial stage of the programme aims to develop the basic skills of a foundation pharmacist. It is 18 months in duration focusing on the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective patient-centred care, taking all aspects of medicines optimisation into consideration.  Academic support is given over eight learning sets and summative assessments. For further information see FS1. 

Foundation Stage 2: is divided into two modules of six months. The emphasis on this stage of the programme is to develop a variety of skills required for higher banded positions to aid in career management. For further information see FS2.

Trainee Support

From time to time, trainees may require extra support. For trainees and employing organisations we have developed a reference guide which outlines the educational support processes in place for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that are undertaking commissioned training within our region. Please visit our dedicated Trainees Requiring Additional Support page for further information including a link to download the reference guide which should be read prior to submitting the on-line reporting form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the HEE LaSE KSS Foundation Pharmacist Programme available to?
The KSS programme is no longer commissioned by HEE LaSE Pharmacy. Information on this website is for existing KSS Foundation Pharmacists, Educational Supervisors, Educational Programme Directors and Employing Trusts. 
Foundation Pharmacist should seek advice from their employing organisation on the programmes available to them.