The Welsh Government recently allocated a funding package of £100,000 for training pharmacists. The funding announced at the Welsh Pharmacy Conference will support Welsh pharmacists in acquiring appropriate skills to contribute to the Government's long-term plan for health and social services.
Fifty pharmacists across Wales will receive specialist clinical skills training from the Health Education and Improvement Wales, particularly in managing minor ailments. An estimated 5 per cent of emergency department consultations and 13 per cent of general practitioner (GP) consultations are for acute minor ailments. These ailments can be effectively managed by trained pharmacists, thereby reducing the burden on primary care services. Under this programme, patients will get direct access to services closer to home and GPs will get additional time to focus on complex patient cases.
Vaughan Gething, The Welsh Health Minister, said: "Our commitment, backed with significant new funding this year for training and continuing professional development, will ensure a sustainable and appropriately-trained pharmacy workforce in Wales. It will also offer pharmacists more varied and professionally rewarding careers."