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Developing the Pharmacy Workforce

For the workforce to feel valued and supported at all stages of their careers, they should have access to refocused education and training as well as ongoing development offers. 

We will work with other healthcare professions to deliver multidisciplinary training opportunities. These will foster professionally integrated ways of working and maximise the positives of training and working together.


The P:DaHW Developing the Workforce Sub-group Overview

To support the principles within ’Developing the Pharmacy Workforce’:

  • We will create quality training sites across Wales providing pre- and post-registration placements for pharmacy professionals
  • We will implement clear development pathways for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from pre-foundation training through to advanced practice
  • We will continue to provide and develop leadership in medicines use and services across Wales.

The delivery of the 2022 goals as per P:DaHW document:

  • Network of funded training academies
  • Foundation program embedded for all pharmacy professionals
  • Consultant pharmacist roles in all sectors including community
  • Embedding structures that foster leadership.

The Delivery Board welcomed developments of these goals in line with the following:

  • Network of accredited training sites across Wales to provide cross sector and multidisciplinary training
  • Workforce development programme for pharmacy support staff
  • A specific goal to be developed for pharmacy technicians
  • Agree an appropriate early years programme for post registrants
  • A specific goal to be developed to address upskilling the legacy workforce 
  • A strategic plan to be agreed to support the development of consultant pharmacist posts in Wales in line with population needs
  • Further development of leadership goals within the pharmacy profession across Wales.


HEIW have made significant progress in workforce development. There have been huge changes to support the education and training of Pharmacists in Training following the publication of the updated Initial Education and Training standards for pharmacists. 

Foundation Pharmacist (formerly known as pre-registration) training has seen great reforms, and all Foundation Trainee Pharmacist positions from August 2022 will be multi-sector across Wales. HEIW have developed a programme of training to support Post-Registration Foundation Pharmacists which commences in September 2022 and are developing a National Strategy for Consultant Pharmacists in Wales.

HEIW have also secured a new training provider for the Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician programme in Wales, which will deliver a programme at Level 4 and will include enhanced skills for Pharmacy Technicians at the point of registration. The enhanced skills will support the delivery of the new community pharmacy contract.

See our high-level document regarding the Initial Education and training changes.