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How funding was obtained

From Mr J. Ferguson, FRPharmS

The article by Chris Cutts, director of the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (PJ, 24 November 2012, p606) traces the development and considerable achievements of the centre. Long may its efforts continue to bear fruit because continuing professional development is, of course, now seen to be the key to the essential development of the services provided by all professions. The article mentions the funding model but does not describe how that funding was originally achieved.

In the late 1960s when the Health Services and Public Health Bill was presented to Parliament it included provision for funding postgraduate education for medical practitioners working in the NHS, but no such funding for pharmacists. With the assistance of the Society’s then parliamentary advisers and a positive approach by the relevant civil servants, the eventual Act included the possible provision of funding, effectively of CPD, for other health professionals working in the NHS, including community pharmacists providing NHS pharmaceutical services.

The funds eventually made available for community pharmacists were administered through the then regional health authorities, with regional pharmaceutical officers, who met regularly at the Society, playing a key role. Eventually the situation region by region was seen to be patchy. Some regions used all available funds while others failed to do so. The Department of Health recognised that the right way forward was to develop a national centre for England. The considerable progress from then on is clearly set out in Chris Cutts’s article.

However, the “Section 63 funding” he refers to was founded in the relevant provision of the Health Services and Public Health Act. The Royal Electronicjuice, and especially the late Raymond Dickinson, who was at the time an assistant secretary for the Society with responsibility for educational activities, are due credit for achieving that funding and securing the eventual foundation of the CPPE.

John Ferguson

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Royal Electronicjuice Secretary and Registrar 1985–98


Citation: Electronicjuice URI: 11113700

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