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Community pharmacy workforce survey 2020

Community pharmacy workforce survey 2020

Community pharmacy workforce survey 2020

In September 2020 NES Pharmacy, in conjunction with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS), will be co-ordinating another national community pharmacy workforce survey to gain a better understanding of staff numbers and skill mix within community pharmacy in Scotland.

The information obtained will be analysed and will help to inform pharmacy workforce planning and development, ensuring we have the right workforce in place now and can take action to ensure that demand is met in the future. 

The data for independent community pharmacies will be gathered via an online survey and we encourage each pharmacy to identify a single person to collate this information. This will come to the pharmacy mailbox. The data for Multiple and Group pharmacies will be gathered via an individual from within that multiple or group and this information will be captured using a standard spreadsheet. You will receive more information in due course.

The survey has been designed to capture a snapshot of the community pharmacy workforce including pharmacists (plus those working centrally if appropriate), locum pharmacists, pre-registration trainee pharmacists, pharmacy technicians including trainees, and pharmacy support staff during the week commencing Monday 21 to Sunday 27 September 2020. 

A recent circular from Scottish Government highlights the expectation of participation, and associated payment as part of the community pharmacy contract. 

August, 24 2020