At the request of Health Education England, CPPE has reviewed its extended education pathway for pharmacists working in primary care to align with the NHS Long Term Plan and the primary care Network (PCN) Contract DES. The pathway has been renamed the Primary care pharmacy education pathway (PCPEP).
This education pathway is compulsory for all those employed by PCNs using the additional roles funding, unless they are exempt for the reasons described later.
The 18-month pathway builds on the success of the Clinical pharmacists in general practice education (CPGPE) and the Medicines optimisation in care homes (MOCH) pathways and will equip pharmacists with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to work in various patient-facing roles in PCNs as part of a multidisciplinary team. Pharmacists will be able to access a range of different study methods to suit different learning styles, a continuous assessment process and support from supervisors and peers. There is more information in the pathway handbooks, which can be found on our website: www.cppe.ac.uk/career/pcpep/pcpep-training-pathway.
The pathway is also for pharmacists employed through the NHS England clinical pharmacists in general practice scheme who have not already enrolled on the CPGPE pathway. Pharmacists who are already enrolled on the CPGPE or MOCH pathways will continue with these, but any new applicants employed through the NHS England Clinical pharmacists in general practice programme or the primary care Network Contract DES will join the Primary care pharmacy education pathway. The last cohort for the MOCH pathway will start in September 2019.