Vaughan Gething , Health Minister for Wales (Photo courtesy: twitter/Vaughan Gething AM)

Welsh government today announced an additional £100,000 funding package for pharmacist training.

The announcement was made by Vaughan Gething, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Wales, at the Welsh Pharmacy Conference.

The package specifically focuses on managing minor ailments and would be used to fund specialist clinical training for 50 pharmacies. The health minister underlined the importance of a skilled pharmacy workforce in delivering A Healthier Wales, the Welsh government’s long term plan for health and social care.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales welcomed the decision and praised the Welsh government’s continued commitment to community pharmacy.

“ We wholeheartedly welcome the Health Minister’s enthusiasm to securing and expanding the future roles of the pharmacy team and look forward to working closely with the Welsh Government and colleagues across Wales to implement the proposals to improve patient care outlined in pharmacy vision, via the formation of a National Delivery Programme Board,” said Mair Davies, RPS Director for Wales.