There have now been two opportunities for community pharmacy teams to apply for relief from the Pharmacy Team Relief Fund, provided by the Ministry of Health and administered by the Council, since October 2020.
This email is to update you on the relief fund progress and advise that applications for the third, and final, tranche of funding are now sought.
Approximately $0.9 million has been allocated to successful applicants to tranches one and two, and almost all of their pharmacy teams have received workload relief and had a break to rest and refresh.
The Fund continues to fulfil its original intention of helping community pharmacy teams that meet such criteria as: working in a community pharmacy; providing services to Māori and/or Pacific peoples; possibly working as a sole practitioner; and those in independent, or independent franchise-held pharmacies.
With the first two tranches now allocated, we are making the third, and final, tranche of approximately $0.8 million available. If you did not apply under the first two tranches and believe your pharmacy team meet some or all of the criteria, please apply now for the third tranche.
Applications to Tranche 3 Funding can be made here.
The process for tranche 3 applications will close Sunday 21 March 2021.
Some pharmacy teams are unable to source pharmacists or technicians who are available to provide relief. We need more pharmacists or technicians who are willing to be relievers, which may necessitate travelling to other parts of the country. Funding is made available to meet travel and accommodation costs. We are in greatest need for technicians, so if you have a technician (perhaps part time) and could ‘lend’ them to another pharmacy for a short time, or if you know a technician with work availability, we need their help urgently.
Any pharmacist or technician with work availability please click here.
If this email does not apply to you, but you know of a pharmacist or technician who may be in need of relief, or could provide relief, please forward this email to them.