NHS pharmacist numbers in England and Wales have risen slightly over the past year despite financial pressures
NHS pharmacist numbers in England and Wales have risen slightly over the past year to a total of 7,394 despite financial pressures, vacancy rates and a decrease in pharmacist posts according to the latest NHS pharmacy staffing establishment and vacancy survey.
ince last year’s survey, in England there has been a slight improvement in the three-month vacancy rate for band 6 pharmacists (from 7 per cent to 6.7 per cent); and three-month vacancy rates continued to decrease for band 7 pharmacist posts over the survey period — from 6.6 per cent in May 2011 to 5.6 per cent in May 2012.
The findings in Wales show a marked improvement in vacancy rates for band 6 and 7 pharmacists. The three-month vacancy rate for band 6 pharmacist positions went from 14.7 per cent in May 2011 to 2.8 per cent in May 2012 and band 7 vacancies improved from 9.1 per cent to 3.3 per cent.