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Free training courses in South London to support pharmacy services

A £185,000 grant will fund 120 free training courses for pharmacists and their teams across south London beginning in May 2014 and running for 10 months.

Altogether, ten topics will be taught: diabetes, respiratory conditions, three cardiovascular subjects, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, anxiety, depression, alcohol and dementia. “The idea is to align the training topics with locally and nationally commissioned pharmacy services,” says Finlay Royle, lead for the South East London Local Practice Forum (LPF), which was involved in securing the funding.

The first training course, to be held on 22 May 2014, will cover dementia. “Training for dementia will include an hour on how to become a ‘dementia friend’ and another hour on how pharmacists can support patients clinically,” says Royle.

Royle revealed that discussions to provide a London-wide service to reduce alcohol misuse are under way, and the training course will support this.

Each of the ten courses will be held once in each of the twelve boroughs in South London and all pharmacists and their teams are welcome to attend, says Royle.  

LPFs in South East and South West London won the funding from Health Education South London (HESL), a branch of Health Education England.  The two LPFs will work with local pharmaceutical committees and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education. “This is the first time so many organisations have collaborated in this way,” says Royle.

“I hope the training will empower pharmacists to improve the quality of services provided and to help patients improve how they use their medicines,” he adds.

Kingston University and King’s College London will evaluate the programme, including  follow-up with participants to see how they have used the information.

Events can be booked online using the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s LPF booking system.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11138386

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