Bristol launches a national ‘first’

Bristol launches a national 'first'

City of Bristol College is offering a new nationwide Apprenticeship programme in pharmacy skills.

The programme is the first of its kind to be delivered by the College and is aimed at meeting General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) requirements that come into force this summer.

The new programme includes two separate routes: an Apprenticeship suitable for dispensing and pharmacy assistants resulting in an NVQ in Pharmacy Service Skills Level 2 or an Advanced Apprenticeship suitable for pharmacy technicians resulting in a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science Level 3.

From July, all pharmacy technicians will need to meet the GPhC requirements in order to practise. Existing or new staff can train under the Apprenticeship programme, enabling them to work whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.