Pharmacy Technicians work in a wide range of settings including (but not exclusively) registered pharmacies, community services, justice (the Prison Service), GP Practices, dispensing doctors’ practices, care homes, Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), hospitals, mental health, defence (HM Armed Services) and within the pharmaceutical industry. They prepare medicines and other healthcare products for the supply to patients. They also take an active role in providing patients with guidance on taking medicines.
PTPT funding for 2023 – Applications now open – Information for Practices
Would you like to develop a Pharmacy Technician in your practice? Applications to support the training of Cohort 5 are now open.
What is the PTPT programme?
This is a two-year apprenticeship programme combining working on the job, and one day a week off the job learning. The training programme will be the Pharmacy Technician Training Programme with Buttercups, Bradford College or UEA and on completion of the course, individuals will be able to apply for registration with the GPhC as a Pharmacy Technician.
How does the programme work?
This is a cross-sector partnership, therefore, to be eligible for funding, you must form a partnership with a local community pharmacy. The GP Practice will be the employing organisation and will work with the pharmacy to agree the model of partnership. This could be for example, 2 days a week in General Practice, 2 days a week in pharmacy and one in college, or 12 weeks in General Practice and 12 weeks in community pharmacy on a rotational basis throughout the placement.
The employing organisation will be responsible for salary, supervision, and employment contracts (annual leave, appraisals, etc).
How is the programme being run in Cornwall?
The programme is being coordinated centrally through the ICB Lead, who will submit a system wide bid on behalf of all parties. Practices who want to provide a PTPT placement can commit to offering a placement and will then be matched with a community pharmacy partner.
How do I recruit to the role?
There are two options.
If you have an individual in your practice who you would like to develop: please submit your application form specifying this on your form. Provided they meet the eligibility criteria, you can then be matched with a community pharmacy and enrol your staff member on the course.
If you want to recruit to the role: Please submit your application form, specifying you want to recruit. Adverts and applications will be managed centrally. Provided individuals meet the shortlisting criteria, their application forms will be sent to the Practice they have applied for, and you can interview them to suit you.
What funding is available?
NHS England/HEE are making available £46,099 per individual over the two years. Funding will be split into:
- Year 1: £22,772
- Year 2: £23,327
Funding will be held centrally via Kernow Health CIC and is released from HEE in 6 monthly intervals. You will therefore be required to pay for the salary upfront and claim reimbursement.
Please note: There will be a shortfall of £5000 per individual per year, which will contribute towards administration costs and central placements training provided by RCHT.
What is the commitment?
As this is an apprenticeship programme, you must commit to the following:
- 1 day a week attendance at college or off the job training
- Provision of an educational and practice supervisor (this can be the same person)
- Minimum of 2-year contract
- Payment of any additional training and salary costs.
- Time off to spend working in a community pharmacy organisation
NHS England are now releasing funding for Cohort 5 of the Pharmacy Technician Workforce Expansion Programme. Practices who are interested in employing a Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT), working in conjunction with community pharmacy, can now confirm their placement offer and apply for funding. This is a two year apprenticeship programme during which the individual will undertake a Pharmacy Technician Training Programme with Buttercups Training to enable them to apply for registration with the GPhC.
Bids and applications are being coordinated centrally as part of a system wide bid through the ICB Pharmacy Lead. Practices do not need to identify a Community Pharmacy at this stage. Advertising and shortlisting will be coordinated centrally, or you are able to develop one of your existing staff members if they meet the eligibility criteria. For further details on the requirements of a placement please read the guidance below, or contact [email protected].
Register your interest
If you are interested in employer a Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technicians Apprenticeship from 2023 please register here.
The information below is for:
- Employers – PCNs and GP Practices in Cornwall looking to partake in and provide a 2-year work-based experience opportunity for a Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT); and for
- Prospective Employees looking for opportunities in Cornwall to undertake their 2-year work-based experience in a primary care setting.
Read more on what it is like training as a PTPT under Prospective Employees below.