We are consulting on significant changes to the initial education and training of pharmacists.
The proposals in the consultation include:
having one set of standards and learning outcomes that cover the full period of education and training before initial registration as a pharmacist, with closer integration between academic study and practical experience
strengthening experiential learning and inter-professional learning
revising the learning outcomes so that they are more focused on developing clinical skills and communication skills, while still retaining the critical importance of science
setting an expectation that schools of pharmacy, employers and commissioners will work together to develop proposals for integrating the 52 weeks of learning in practice within accredited programmes
requiring a more rigorous and structured approach to learning in practice (currently known as pre-registration training) with more regular and documented progress meetings
strengthening requirements in relation to selection and admission and to equality, diversity and inclusion
The consultation will be open for 12 weeks until 3 April 2019; we look forward to receiving responses from pharmacy professionals, pharmacy students, education and training providers, commissioners, employers, and patients and the public.
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