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Boots plans to recruit up to 250 ‘specialist pharmacist practitioners’

The length of the appointments will be decided “on a case-by-case basis”
The length of the appointments will be decided “on a case-by-case basis”

Boots will appoint up to 250 pharmacists to its new “specialist practitioner” role over the “next few years”, it has told C+D.

The multiple first announced the specialist pharmacist practitioner title last week, which will be handed to pharmacists who “combine the highest level of clinical competence, with a drive to innovate at pharmacy level”.

Six pharmacists have already been recruited to the role, and Boots has since told C+D that it expects to appoint up to 250 “over the next few years”.

The length of the appointments will be decided “very much on a case-by-case basis” by a review panel, it explained. It gave the example of a specialist pharmacist practitioner in Brighton, who “has been appointed for the length of the anticoagulation service that has been commissioned”.

During the length of their appointment, individuals in these roles will be on an “enhanced salary scale”.

The panel will work with candidates to decide what development and support is needed, and review them at least annually, it said.

Individuals will also have “access to a pharmacist development fund”, Boots added.

In a separate announcement last week, Boots proposed a new committee to represent its pharmacists, in a final push to persuade them to reject Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union representation. Boots pharmacists have until March 8 to vote on whether their pay, hours and holiday should be collectively negotiated by the union, with ballot papers to be posted out on February 18.

What do you make of Boots' new "specialist practitioner" role?

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

That picture is made up you're lucky to that many staff!!

Graham Turner, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Let's face it, Boots are not creating these roles out of the goodness of their heart. There WILL be savings somewhere, I assure you.

Michael Parker,

Just a sweetener to maybe to ‘convince’ Pharmacist they needn’t bother with the PDAU?

Saddened Old Timer, Community pharmacist

I was wondering that too Barry. Actually I was wondering if WBA has bought C&D altogether after seeing Twitter photos of them at the Boots bunfight?! 

Lucky Ex-Boots Slave, Primary care pharmacist

I don't even see how "specialist" you can be working within Boots. In community there is literally next to zero clinical career progression unless you are up for being a "target-oriented-manager-who-only-cares-about-scorecards". I have had done every single advanced and enhanced services that are offered back in the days I was with this shambolic company and I simply don't see a point of having this role in place. It looks to me more like a desperate move to try retaining the pharmacists from exodus by introducing a pointless role for false self-satisfaction. 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I suspect it might have something to do with their latest dealings with CareUK Surgeries.

Hang on C&D. Is this be good to Boots week?

We had this story last week and it was great to have you report it.

I wonder why you would think it useful to have a re-run? Anything that you want to add to such a story to embelish Boots? Oh I see you've already added that part to the article.

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