National workforce survey launched – make sure you respond

National workforce survey launched – make sure you respond

August 10, 2017

Independent community pharmacy contractors* across England will shortly receive an email from NHS England asking them to participate in the first ever national community pharmacy workforce survey.

The online questionnaire about the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, medicines counter and dispensary workforce in each pharmacy is being conducted for Health Education England (HEE). The survey is designed to inform the commissioning of future education and development programmes for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider team.  It could also be used to map the availability of pharmacy services.

Contractors will receive by email a unique, secure log-in to access to survey and will have until 30th September 2017 to complete the survey.

Commenting on the launch of the survey, Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services at PSNC said:

“We encourage all contractors to complete the survey. This is the first ever national workforce survey and the data collected through it will inform future commissioning of clinical education and development of the whole pharmacy team.

Additional education and development for the whole pharmacy team will support the sector’s ambition to radically enhance and expand the personalised care, support and wellbeing services that community pharmacies provide, as described in the Community Pharmacy Forward View.

It is therefore important that contractors complete the survey so that HEE has the information it needs to properly plan future training and development initiatives.”

Health Education England has developed a crib sheet which can be used to collate information on pharmacy staff before you complete the online questions

Workforce survey crib sheet

* Asda, Boots, Lloyds, Morrisons, Rowlands, Superdrug, Tesco and Well have already completed the survey, and pharmacies in London and the Thames Valley have completed a similar survey, so will not receive a request to complete it.

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