18th September 2020

Pharmacy 2Here at Skills for Health we champion the benefits of workforce development and learning based on ensuring a nationally recognised level of competence for a particular task or job. As the Sector Skills Council for Health we develop and maintain these competences - National Occupational Standards (NOS) - for healthcare occupations across the UK.

In Scotland, Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Competence Based Qualifications are used to assess occupational competence. The SVQs form the basis of the health Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland.

To ensure the availability of an appropriate range of qualifications and Apprenticeship Frameworks, we work closely with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Skills Development Scotland and the Pharmacy Sector in Scotland, and we are currently reviewing and updating the SVQ in Pharmacy Services at SCQF level 6 for Pharmacy Support Staff. This will be followed later in the autumn with a review of the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks in Pharmacy Services.

It is now vital that we gain the views and expertise of those working in the Scottish pharmacy sector, as well as those delivering the qualification and training, on both the structure, content and level of the qualification and Apprenticeship.

To have your say, please find details of how to contribute your feedback with our consultation here, which is open until midday on midday, Friday 2nd October, 2020.