Fall in band 6 posts
The number of band 6 pharmacist posts has decreased by 3.5% in the period from May 2009 to May 2010, results of 2010’s “National NHS pharmacy staffing establishment and vacancy survey” reveal.
However, the UK-wide figures also show that the overall number of established NHS pharmacist positions increased by 2.5% in the same period. Junior pharmacist vacancy rates have decreased from 24.7% in 2009 to 16.2% in 2010 for band 6, and from 19.0% in 2009 to 17.6% in 2010 for band 7.
NHS Pharmacy Education and Development Committee survey facilitator Susan Sanders described the slight reduction in available band 6 posts as “a worrying development for the future, as the number of posts at bands 7, 8a and 8b increased by a greater amount”.
The new data precede the publication of the June 2010 NHS White Paper. The survey report states: “Continuing with this survey in 2011 will enable both the implications of the changing landscape of the NHS, and the implications of the current cost pressures, to be monitored.”
Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 11048895