LPE&T has responded to the HEE/HEFCE consultation: Ensuring a sustainable supply of pharmacy graduates. The full LPE&T response can be found here.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England (HEE) are consulting on the number of pharmacy graduates in England. The consultation will address concerns that there may be an over-supply of pharmacy graduates compared with the demand for registered pharmacists and the consequent availability of pre-registration trainee pharmacist placements in the NHS. The HEFCE/HEE consultation proposes various options and is aimed at a wide range of stakeholders including employers, universities, regulators, professional bodies and students. London Pharmacy Education & training will be responding to the consultation. To have your say visit: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201319/#d.en.83034'
Following a successful Investors in People (IiP) assessment on Monday 15 April, LPE&T's Investors in People (IiP) status has been renewed. Investors in People is a national quality standard that sets a level of good practice for improving an organisation’s performance through its people. The Investors in People framework is based on the plan, do, review cycle. LPE&T first achieved Investors in People accreditation in 2007 after being assessed against the 10 standards within the framework by an external assessor. In order to maintain accreditation an assessment must take place every 3 years.
Investors in People is very valuable to the LPE&T service because the external assessor highlights our areas of strength and also areas for development. In preparation for this year's assessment we looked back at our service in 2007 when we first achieved Investors in People accreditation and compared it to where we are today. We could see clearly how our service had improved over the last 6 years - especially our business planning and strategy - and could recognise the contribution Investors in People had made to our achievements. The whole LPE&T team are very proud to be an Investors in People accredited organisation.
The London LETBs have agreed to support a 5th cohort of 'Darzi' Fellows, who will work to medical directors and their equivalents on QIPP-related projects. As in previous years, Fellows will be supported by a bespoke (University accredited) leadership development programme.
The intention is that this year's Fellows will be a multiprofessional group including pharmacy, in the early years of their career.
Further information is available at: www.leadership.londondeanery.ac.uk
The closing date for applications is Friday 22 February 2013.
The London Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) have been finalising their arrangements for professional input at their membership/stakeholder councils. Pharmacy nominations from the London Pharmacy Workforce Group have been submitted to:
As part of accreditation with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) running until 2014, LPE&T has submitted updates to the RPS for the following Training Courses:
The London Pharmacy Workforce Group (LPWG) is holding an event 'Creating a Workforce Vision' on Monday 17 December 09.00-13.00 which aims to develop a vision for the workforce to support medicines optimisation across London for the next 5 years. Invites have been sent out to LPWG members, alternative members and other key stakeholders.
Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) will be authorised by Health Education England (HEE) to define local development priorities and commission education & training. Given the pace of change and importance of LETBs in delivering skills and development strategy, members of the LPE&T team are linking to the emerging LETBs in East of England and London as follows:
Read Susan Sanders article published in this month's 'Clinical Pharmacist'.
The LPE&T Annual Report 2011-2012 can now be viewed here. The report covers the Service Level Agreement 'For Services to Support Pharmacy Workforce Development' between LPE&T and NHS London and the then East of England Strategic Health Authority that was reviewed in 2011-2012 including the education, training and support for:
The London LETB Pharmacy Advisory Group is a sub-group of the London Pharmacy Workforce Development Group (LPWDG) and has been set-up to support the LPWDG members who are on the transitional boards of the evolving London LETBs. It will:
At a meeting of the London Pharmacy Workforce Development Group (LPWDG) held on 27 February an update was given about the three emerging LETBs in London. Each of the three LETBs being set up in London now has pharmacy representation: Ian Bates (North Central/North East London LETB), Susan Sanders (North West London LETB) and Ash Soni (South London LETB). This is important so that a strong voice is given to pharmacy workforce issues in the NHS’s new system for education, training and workforce planning. Ian and Ash are new members of the LPWDG, and its membership and Terms of Reference are being reviewed in the light of the emerging LETBs and their responsibilities outlined in the ‘Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce From design to delivery’ document published in January 2012. Susan, Ian & Ash and LPWDG members are meeting with each of the 3 LETB ‘Design Leads’ to brief them on pharmacy workforce issues.
'LPE&T is now on Facebook and Twitter, LPE&T is using these social media sites to facilitate communication and service-user involvement.' Please read the LPE&T Social Media Policy for Service Users.
'As part of LPE&T’s commitment to delivering high quality training and professional development we are pleased to announce that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has accredited the following LPE&T programme, accreditations and learning event:
As the RPS do not accredit vocational qualifications, we are applying for Matrix accreditation as a Vocational Qualification Team quality initiative.’