Boots has extended a welcome to job applicants affected by the closure of Lloyds Pharmacy’s in-store branches in Sainsbury’s.

Boots has more than 1,500 pharmacy roles to fill nationwide, spanning all levels from pharmacy advisors and trainee pharmacists to experienced pharmacists looking to develop their careers, it has said.

It follows Lloyds Pharmacy’s announcement last week that its services will be withdrawn from all Sainsbury’s stores over the course of 2023 in response to changing market conditions.

“News of the closure of Lloyds Pharmacy branches within Sainsbury’s stores will no doubt have an impact on many talented pharmacists as well as their patients,” said Boots UK & ROI MD Sebastian James.

“We have many roles available at Boots and welcome applications from Lloyds Pharmacy employees affected by the closures.

“Patients who are worried about their future pharmacy provision can check our store locator online to find out where their nearest Boots store is – our pharmacy team members are ready to help.”

Boots is one of a number of chemists to invite applicants from Lloyds Pharmacy in the wake of the business’s announcement.

In a post on LinkedIn today, Day Lewis Pharmacy said: “We are saddened by the Chemist+Druggist announcement regarding the withdrawal of Lloyds Pharmacy Sainsburys stores.

“We are as ever keen to help any Lloyds colleagues who may be impacted and are looking for their next role.

“If you are affected, please email onboarding@daylewisplc.co.uk to see what opportunities we have available for you at Day Lewis.”

More than 2,000 jobs are thought to be at potential risk as Lloyds Pharmacy explores the options individually for each of its 237 branches in Sainsbury’s stores.

The business has said the timeline and final plans will vary on a branch-by-branch basis while it works with all potentially affected staff to “support them through the process”.

Lloyds Pharmacy CEO Kevin Birch said: “This decision has not been an easy one and we understand that our patients and customers may have questions about how the change will affect them.

“We would like to thank them for their continued support and assure them that we are committed to providing a smooth transition over the coming months.”

He added: “I am very grateful to all our colleagues for their dedication to our patients, customers and communities.”