NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Pharmacy in collaboration with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS), will co-ordinate another national community pharmacy workforce survey in September.
The survey will help in gaining a better understanding of team 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 they 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. CPS is encouraging 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.
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 September 12.