Primary Care Pharmacy education pathway Non-PCN (ARRS) funded places- May 2021 cohort

Call for expressions of interest from non-Additional Role Reimbursement (ARRS) Scheme funded pharmacists / pharmacy technicians working in patient-facing roles in GP practices.

Eligible pharmacists can benefit from the fully-funded CPPE 18-month extended primary care pharmacy education pathway with additional independent prescribing training, starting in May 2021. Funded places are also available for eligible pharmacy technicians on the 15-month pathway.

Expression of interest deadline: midnight 1st March 2021. Places will be allocated by 10th March and employers will be notified of the outcome.

What is the background to the funding offer?

To support the development of pharmacists taking on new patient-facing posts in primary care networks to help deliver the new Network contract directed enhanced service (DES), NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), through Health Education England, has commissioned the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) to provide compulsory training for pharmacists whose salaries are being supported with the Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) funding. This training pathway is the Primary care pharmacy education pathway

HEE North is aware that several pharmacists working in patient-facing primary care roles have not had the benefit of training as part of the CPPE extended education pathways that have been run over the last few years and so has agreed to fund a limited number of places on the CPPE Primary care pharmacy education pathway. These funded places are also available for pharmacy technicians not funded through ARRS.

This funded 18-month workplace-based education programme will support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians (over 15 months)  in their roles, develop their skills, and promote pharmacy’s integration into the wider NHS healthcare team. These places are available across the North of England for the May 2021 cohort. If not all the May funded places are filled, CPPE will carry the places over to the next cohort and employers will be invited to make a new EOI for these remaining places.

Who is eligible to apply?

The training offer is for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who want to develop or advance their skills and knowledge to deliver patient-facing medicines optimisation and other services in general practice settings.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must meet the following criteria:

  • Salaries must not be funded through ARRS.
  • Be already working in a patient-facing primary care role for at least 0.5 wte (2.5 days per week) from a GP practice setting.
  • Have the support of their employer who agrees to:
    • release the pharmacist or pharmacy technician for 28 days of protected learning time for face-to-face events during the pathway, regardless of the number of days per week they are working
    • provide a GP clinical supervisor (for pharmacy technicians this could be an experienced pharmacist)
    • identify a senior clinical pharmacist within the PCN or wider geography to be able to support the pharmacist
    • support the pharmacy professional with travelling expenses for pathway events
    • support the pharmacist through their independent prescribing training at the end of the CPPE pathway (including the supervision required) if they are not already independent prescribers
  • Be able to attend face to face events, including residential study days over the 18 months (for the May cohort most of the events will be run online).
  • Be able to stay overnight for the induction residential events (not applicable for May cohort).
  • Be able to commit to studying in their own time for up to 30 days during the pathway, as well as to attending all the pathway events.

The training, worth up to £5241, is fully funded by Health Education England. However, there is no salary support available for these pharmacy professionals, nor is there any funding for clinical supervision. Clinical supervisors would be expected to take part in the CPPE clinical supervisor training (available as an online webinar or a half-day face-to-face event.)

Where can I find further information?

For further information about the application process, please click below to download the CPPE training offer guidance document:

CPPE funding offer- click here:

To help inform employers and potential candidates about the Primary Care Pharmacy Education programme, CPPE are hosting a webinar via Zoom on the 24th February 2021, 1-2pm. To register in advance for this, please click below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting.

CPPE funding offer webinar- register here:

How do I express an interest? 

Expressions of interest must be made by the employer and not the potential candidate. The potential candidate must be in post at the time of making the expression of interest, places cannot be reserved in advance of recruiting to a post. Late submissions will not be accepted. Places will be allocated by 10th March 2021. To express an interest, please click the link below.

CPPE funding offer- express interest here: