Consultation on the initial education and training standards for pharmacists

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

Read the consultation document

Read the consultation document in Welsh

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.

Respond to the consultation survey

Resources for organisations

These resources are designed to help you share the consultation on the initial education and training standards for pharmacists.

IETP standards consultation toolkit - social media guide

IETP standards consultation toolkit - newsletter copy

IETP standards consultation toolkit - presentation

IETP standards consultation toolkit - speaking notes for toolkit presentation

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