HEE have recently opened application for national funding to facilitate recruitment of Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (PTPT) apprenticeships. There are conditions associated with this funding in that the trainees must be part of a cross-sector training partnership. It is the Training Hub’s intent to coordinate a bid under the system-wide criteria for cross sector apprenticeships.
As many of you know the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub received the large proportion of pharmacy technician workforce development funding for cross-sector partnerships from HEE last year. Each of our existing 5 partnerships include hospital, primary care and community and we are currently supporting 10 apprentices across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. All partners in this pilot worked hard to develop their relationships and training models for this cross-sector approach which was otherwise untested for apprenticeships across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. As a result we have garnered a wealth of knowledge in supporting cross sector, rotational apprenticeships.
- Supported the creation of partnerships across the sector
- Created relevant templates such as partnership MOUs, Job Descriptions’, Training Plans
- Been involved in the recruitment, shortlisting and interviewing of potential apprentices
- Linked closely with the training provider to support the co-ordinated enrolment and ongoing training of the apprentices
- Ringfenced funding for additional certificated Educational Supervision training for all supervisors involved and support the future supervision of trainees
We would propose a system bid that each partner commits to a model we know to be working well in our pilot – that is 3-4 month block rotations (trainees swapping between NHS Trust and PCN) with some funding utilised to backfill the time so a dedicated educational supervisor can be available for all trainees in the partnership.
What funding is available and how can it be used?
To support the urgent need to increase the pharmacy technician workforce, HEE is offering a financial training contribution to support sites in developing a PTPT programme, that meets the HEE quality framework. The annual offer is a training contribution of:
- Year 1 – £22,772 per PTPT
- Year 2 – £23,327 per PTPT
The funding can be used flexibly and is intended to contribute to the cost of developing and running a two-year programme. The training contribution may be used towards the cost of salary, infrastructure costs such as practice supervision and/or educational supervision or any other costs associated with the PTPT successfully completing this training programme/apprenticeship.
We hope that you would like to be involved in our system wide application so that we can support you.
If you could fill in the survey below, to express your interest by Friday 17th September, that would be appreciated as we have to put the information into the bid and submit by 26th September latest.