A strategic review of the future pharmacist workforce

A strategic review of the future pharmacist workforce

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) has published a review of the future supply and demand for the pharmacist workforce in England looking ahead to 2040.

The work, which was commissioned by the Department of Health, was set in the context of the ongoing rise in pharmacist student numbers (more than doubling from 1999 to 2009) and the Modernising Pharmacy Careers (MPC) Professional Board recommendation that the four-year pharmacy masters degree and pre-registration training year should be integrated into a single five-year course. It considers the risks of an oversupply of MPharm graduates compared with the demand for qualified pharmacists and supply of pre-registration placements.

Key findings include that it is likely that there will be a surplus supply of pharmacists in the future unless action is agreed in the short-term. In order to tackle this potential oversupply, the CfWI has issued a series of recommendations including:

  • Intervention to bring the supply and demand of pharmacists into balance
  • Creating a staged approach to balancing supply and demand to secure high-quality pharmacy services
  • Ensuring ongoing monitoring and periodic reviews of supply and demand, with a continued drive to improve data around the pharmacy workforce.
  • Reviewing this work at least every five years, with yearly monitoring

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