Boots UK has today announced it will reimburse 50% of the cost of individual membership of the APTUK for its eligible employees in 2019-20. This will include Boots Pharmacy Technicians who are practising in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The full details of Boots UK's announcement can be found here
In response to the announcement, President of the APTUK Liz Fidler said:
"I am delighted that Boots are promoting and encouraging the merits of becoming a member of the professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians.
The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK has a range of tools to support professional development and actively encourages attendance at local branches. The Association is keen to work with Boots pharmacy technicians to support developing a virtual branch.
There are many new developments that will impact on the role of pharmacy technicians. We have a new initial qualification and are engaged in developing foundation and advanced practice education pathways. These developments need the voice and expertise of community pharmacy technicians to enable the right support to be developed. Revalidation is a key priority for our members and we are currently developing tools for local cascade through branches.
Sharing of key national information is delivered though a member’s area on the website, the Pharmacy Technician Journal (PTJ) and an annual conference. The conference provides an opportunity for pharmacy technicians to showcase their work.
I would encourage pharmacy technicians employed by Boots to utilise this amazing offer, which will enable professional development support and enable a stronger voice for pharmacy technicians working in this sector."