We launched a process for organisations and systems across the region to bid for funding to support specific workforce transformation initiatives either within their organisations, or in collaboration with local system partners. This process aims to support the scale, spread and adoption of best practice and innovative ways of working across the region.
System wide and individual partnership projects were welcomed to support:

The initial launch of a specific project or programme of work

Scale and spread of an already established project or programme of work

Robust evaluation of a current project or programme of work

Prospective applicants were requested to complete a Project Proposal Document summarising the proposed project and intended outputs. The HEE LaSE team were delighted to receive over fifty project proposals from across the region, many of which displayed innovation and scope for great transformation work across the profession.

The themes that emerged across the project submissions have been categorised into 4 main areas: 

Transformation Themes

To read more about each of the projects, please click the blue links on the navigation.

To support the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and the recent ‘We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 action for us’, the HEE mandate is focused around developing a 21st century workforce with the right skills, values and behaviours to ensure high quality care for patients. Central to this support is also the opportunity for HEE to work with stakeholders to act as an enabler for local workforce transformation initiatives.

The initiatives and ideas fall within the following areas: 

Advanced Practice

Early Careers (Pre-registration and Foundation Pharmacist) Development

Learning Disabilities and Autism

Mental Health

Pharmacy Technician Workforce Development

Primary Care and Community Pharmacy Worforce Development

Quality in Education and Training

Service Development and Workforce Transformation

After careful consideration and review, projects were selected based on the ability to support development of the pharmacy workforce as per the HEE mandate and business plan and where the projects had clearly defined outputs, opportunities for growth, system wide development and lastly innovative ways to tackle some of the educational infrastructure issues we are facing in the midst of the pandemic. 

Transformation Process

Project Title


Priority Area(s)

Development of an interface pharmacy technician service in mental health care

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Pharmacy Technicians, Mental Health

Development and evaluation of simulation training for pre-registration pharmacy trainees

South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (on behalf of King’s Health Partners [KHP])

Pre-registration Pharmacists and Pre-registation Pharmacy Technicians

Medicines Optimisation in Special Schools                                                             

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)

Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism, Pharmacy Technicians

Development of a modular programme delivering clinical prioritisation skills for experienced medicines management technicians

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) / Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Pharmacy Technicians, Advanced Practice (Pharmacy Technicians)

Community Pharmacist Independent Prescribing of Varenicline

Kent LPC

Primary Care and Community Pharmacy

Evaluation for Blood Pressure Plus (BP+) Project (Surrey Heartlands)

South East Forum of LPCs

Primary Care and Community Pharmacy

Pilot and scoping for the creation of a rotational, cross sector, pharmacy technician workforce

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Pharmacy Technicians

Implementing a salaried portfolio innovation (SPIN) scheme for pharmacists in primary care networks

North East London Integrated Care System

Primary Care and Community Pharmacy

Virtual Reality Training

Frimley Hospitals/UCL School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Technicians, Early Careers, Advanced Practice, Pharmacy Careers