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Lack of leadership and clinical skills are a 'barrier' to pharmacy investment, warns NHS England


I find,somewhat worrying the statement that : "uptake of places on leadership and clinical programmes, which were designed to improve skill mix among pharmacists, had been “poor”, despite having a “significant amount of money”. Having the right qualifications and skills for the job, should be a priority for every single registrant. However, we still see or hear od cases of staff being promoted above their qualifications and skills on what seems to be a chase after the money and status instead of a chase after the skills and experience. Perhaps, it is time to raise the bar so certain qualifications are made essential when applying for certain jobs. While this is the case in paper, the criteria is sometimes overlooked to the detriment of the services provided and staff wellbeing. Potential: While it s true that pharmacists have a lot of potential, the speed at what changes are occurring, requires that they keep abreast of new ways of practice and thinking if they are going to effectively contribute to the multidisciplinary team work. So why are we not taking advantage of the opportunities available to us? Funding: Also interesting to hear that a significant amount of money was committed to clinical and leadership training. While this is positive, maybe NHSE and the RPS need to work together to ensure there are clear and simple pathways for the workforce to be able to access and attend these programmes. I know of pharmacists who have been denied training because they are working as locum or because there never seem to be the right time to release them for training. The reality is that in the long run, staff that are not properly trained and skilled are more expensive. In summary, a painful lost of opportunity by the profession.

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18 JAN 2019

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