Course details

Start date (usually)

June and September

Course length

Up to 12 months


Distance learning

Course description

The NHS is working to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play an increasingly visible and expanded role in improving outcomes and value from medicines for patients.

To support this, NHS England is enabling the development of pharmacy practice through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

The fund is being used to develop schemes which integrate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians into wider primary care as part of new multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, diversify the workforce and make the most of their clinical skills. 

Pharmacists working in NHS 111 or Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Services are being offered fully-funded training to support them in their roles.

HEE (Health Education England) has procured training to support pharmacists working in a virtual contact centre environment such as NHS 111 and Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Service settings. 

Upon completion, Pharmacists will be able to work confidently in NHS 111 and Integrated Urgent Care settings with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver medicines optimization for the benefit of patients, as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team.

The tailored training, lasting up to 12 months, will enable them to lead on person-centred medicines optimisation in a virtual acute setting helping to improve the access and delivery of urgent care and enhance the quality of care and patient safety.

Structure, certificates and assessment

The training will be delivered by the University of Derby through a blended learning platform, offering a mixture of online and face to face learning. There will be an induction day, followed by the online learning programme, with opportunities for online or placement visit support.   

There are several entry points for cohorts over the length of the contract, which ends in April 2020.

September cohort

University Induction: 12 September
Alternative date: 24 September
Teaching starts: 28 September

Key features

Some key features of the course include:

Online learning environment:

Placement Support

IT and academic support

Entry requirements

The training is open to pharmacists new to working in a virtual urgent environment such as NHS 111 or an Integrated Urgent Care setting. Those interested in the course should talk to their employer to ensure that they are eligible. All newly appointed pharmacists working in a virtual urgent environment will be directed by employers to apply.

Fees and funding

This programme is fully funded.

How to apply

All applicants need the verified support of an employing organisation who have been successful in obtaining sponsored places for this programme.

Please complete the application form here, indicating your details, employer and practice based support.

This will be reviewed, checked for eligibility and if the criteria are met, you will be contacted with further details.

Further information can be found on the Health Education England website.

Contact details

Jill Gould +44 (0)1332 592381