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RPS responds to increase in foundation training support for 2025/26

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In response to NHS England's recent announcement of an increase in the foundation training support for the 2025/26 academic year, Tase Oputu, RPS England Board Chair, said:

“The significant increase in the support provided for foundation training from July 2025 is an important step forward for the pharmacy profession. This approach from NHS England ensures parity in support across all sectors of pharmacy. We are pleased that the RPS’s continued calls for investment in the development of trainee pharmacists have been heeded. In particular, increasing the community pharmacy support which remained unchanged for many years.

“We appreciate the recognition from NHS England that the costs of supporting the development of a clinical workforce in the community sector have significantly increased and will continue to do so as trainees register as prescribers.

“Although this boost reflects an overall investment in the sector, it’s of note that this grant contributes to costs, not salaries. We know that pharmacy teams are under increasing pressure and hope this change signals the opportunity to further drive up the quality of our trainee pharmacist experience.”

More on NHS England Implementing the Foundation Pharmacist Training Year 2025/26.

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