Responding to the news that Health Education England has taken the decision to reduce the level of salary support for pre-registration pharmacists provided to the majority of NHS employers from 100 to 75%, RPS Director for Education Gail Fleming said:
“This is disappointing news for the profession, the NHS and patient care.
“Reducing funding for training pharmacists in NHS organisations at a time the new NHS 10 year plan calls for pharmacists to play a greater role in healthcare is incoherent.
“Less money for pre-registration training in the NHS will directly impact on the number of pharmacists the NHS can train.
“This will reduce the capacity pharmacy has to help the NHS with huge workforce challenges now and in the future.
“Health Education England are yet to show how they will use these savings. We will strongly advocate for these to be invested into vital front line training for the profession at this critical time.”