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HEE reports 15pc rise in dispensary assistant numbers

Trained assistants represent 31pc of pharmacy workforce

March 21st 2022

Tagged: Pharmacy owners' news England Research

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The number of trained dispensing assistants increased 15 per cent between 2017 and 2021, a survey by Health Education England (HEE) has found.

The community pharmacy workforce survey  shows that this rise – alongside an 18 per cent increase in the number of pharmacists – comes despite an overall 5 per cent reduction in headcount since 2017.

The survey offers the following findings about England’s community pharmacy workforce:

  • 101,108 people, filling 74,493 full-time equivalent (FTE) posts.
  • 27,406 pharmacists, filling 20,489 full-time equivalent posts – 28% of the FTE workforce
  • 7,768 pharmacy technicians, filling 6,327 full-time equivalent posts – approximately 9% of the FTE workforce
  • 1,166 accuracy checkers (other than pharmacy technicians), filling 1,002 full-time equivalent posts – approximately 1% of the FTE workforce
  • 31,665 trained dispensing assistants, filling 23,010 full-time equivalent posts – approximately 31% of the FTE workforce
    • 7,414 trainee dispensing assistants, filling 5,495 full-time equivalent posts – approximately 7% of the FTE workforce