The report, Future pharmacy workforce requirements; workforce modelling and policy recommendations, was the result of a study to develop a proactive and responsive workforce and modelling system for analysing future workforce needs in pharmacy, to identify the factors affecting the supply of pharmacists and to make recommendations on how future supply and demand could be managed.
The work was commissioned by the Pharmacy Workforce Planning and Policy Advisory Group, and led by Professor David Guest, Kings College London.
The major outcome of the programme is a sophisticated workforce model. The model is based on information derived from the Society's Pharmacy Workforce Census (2002 and 2003) and shows that the future demand for pharmacist services is likely to outstrip increases in supply across employment sectors.
To address the immediate under supply, the report makes a number of recommendations to help employers to develop employment policies to meet the emerging workforce challenges, including:
- Improving recruitment and retention practices
- Raising the profile of pharmacy as a career choice
- Changing the work environment by reviewing the skill mix and use of technology, and providing flexible working hours and work-life balance initiatives.
The full report can be downloaded for the Society's website (PDF link).