LloydsPharmacy introduces foundation programme to support newly qualified pharmacists

Newly qualified pharmacists working at LloydsPharmacy will be enrolled onto a new 12-month development programme from October this year. The course has been introduced to provide extra support for pharmacists who are in their first year working as professionals.

As part of the programme, LloydsPharmacy is supporting colleagues to complete a Post-Graduate Clinical Certificate to further develop their knowledge in key areas relevant to their role. This includes public health and monitoring therapy as well as key therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health

Steve Howard, clinical standards director and superintendent pharmacist at McKesson UK, which includes LloydsPharmacy says: “It can be a daunting experience, walking into a pharmacy for the first time, knowing that you are the person that is ultimately responsible for the safety of your patients. I remember when I first started out, during the earlier months of my career, I felt as though I could have benefitted from more structured guidance and support. We are hoping that through this foundational programme, we can give that extra helping hand that will set our young pharmacists up for success.”

Around 90 pharmacists who have just completed their pre-reg year will enrol onto the programme from October. The programme is made up of a combination of workplace assessments and portfolio building alongside directed learning. As well as the clinical certificate, participants will also be invited to a series of development days throughout the year. There they will focus on developing skills such as leadership, decision making and professionalism.

Steve continues: “It’s so important to combine clinical development with some of the soft skills that pharmacists need to apply every day. We’ve listened to the feedback from our colleagues and have put this programme in place to help improve their experience working with us. The more we can support and develop our pharmacists, the better the service and expertise they can provide to our customers and patients.”   

Jake Groves, a newly qualified pharmacist who has signed up for the programme, comments: “I’m really excited by the introduction of this course. As a newly qualified pharmacist there is still so much to learn and so much to take in. I believe the programme will give us that extra layer of support needed to develop, cement our learnings and ultimately, provide excellent patient care. I can’t wait to get started now.”