Norfolk and Waveney ICS launches pharmacist recruitment campaign

A new pharmacy training programme has been rolled out in Norfolk and Waveney, as part of an incentive to help aspiring entry level pharmacists develop their careers.

The Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System STAR initiative (Start, Training, Advantage and Rotation) has a shared ambition to help alleviate the demand for pharmacy practicioners across the local region’s healthcare sectors.

The team is said to be eager to hear from entry-level pharmacists looking to progress their careers, improve quality and delivery of patient care and develop an inclusive culture within pharmacy.

The rotational role will last for 24-30 months and will be carried out in both general practice and community pharmacy settings with Primary Care Pharmacy Education Programme (PCPEP) and Independent Prescribing (IP) learning and supervision. It is hoped that patients will be able to access broader care pathways and services directly with the pharmacists completing these educational programmes.

The STAR initiative is part of the wider Norfolk and Waveney pharmacy workforce plan with an aim to create new opportunities, promote healthy living, maximise skills and integrate across the healthcare sector to improve patient outcomes.

Lauren Seamons, Deputy Chief officer, Norfolk Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “Collaboration and communication between Community Pharmacy and General Practice is key to the future integrated models of working in the NHS. We also encourage our network of community pharmacy teams to welcome the chance at employing these pharmacists, not only to secure wider variety of skills for future, but also to help influence solutions which will enable Community Pharmacy workforce stability for the future.”

The recruitment campaign will run until Monday 13 March, 2023. For more information on the programme, please click here.