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Scotland's boost for GP Pharmacy Technician development


GP Pharmacy Technicians in Scotland are set to benefit from a new educational framework, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. 

The ‘Foundation Framework for General Practice Pharmacy Technicians’ was developed by NHS Education Scotland (NES) in response to a gap in pharmacy technician education and development. Launched by Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr this week, the framework covers the diverse roles carried out within NHSScotland by General Practice Pharmacy Technicians. 

Professor Anne Watson, Postgraduate Pharmacy Dean, NES said

“I am delighted for NES to launch this framework which will support the developing role of pharmacy technicians within NHSScotland, and cement their important role in future pharmacy services. This should ensure competence and confidence of this staff group and in turn promote excellence in pharmaceutical care”. 

Piloting of the framework will begin with Pharmacy Technicians attending cohort four of the residential training course for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians working in GP practice. 

The Framework consists of:

  • 5 core elements which are generic across all pharmacy sectors
  • 3 role specific elements which will allow pharmacy technicians to identify further development and empower them to work at the top of their capabilities. 


Reference: PR2018-001

Further Information From

John MacEachen, 07769 367632

Note to Editors
1. Dr Rose Marie Parr, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, launched the new Foundation Framework for General Practice Pharmacy Technicians at the NES GP Pharmacist & Pharmacy Technician residential training course. 

2. A photo of the CPO at the launch event is available. 

3. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time, this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.