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Roles of pharmacists in the early stages of their careers

We are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to analyse the roles of pharmacists in the early stages of their careers.


We have asked the Work Psychology Group to lead on the work, which will reflect roles in all four UK health systems. The project will include desk research, comparison with foundation training programmes in other professions, focus groups and a survey.

We will use this analysis to inform our pharmacy education and training review, which looks at developing a common, sustainable education and training pathway for pharmacists, enabling them to have a greater impact on patient care earlier in their career.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will use this work to underpin its UK wide Foundation Pharmacist Framework.

Commenting, Roz Cheeseman, Pharmacy Dean said

The role analysis work will provide a valuable piece of evidence to inform a model for developing pharmacists during the early stages of their career. It will feed into HEE’s pharmacy review by informing the development of a common, sustainable education and training pathway for pharmacists so they can have a greater impact on patient care earlier in their career.  In drawing on a breadth of evidence from various pharmacy settings, this work will highlight multiple ways of working and inform more integrated models of practising across diverse health care systems.

 

Gail Fleming, Director of Education, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said

This work is an important key step in realising our ambition to ensure that all pharmacists have access to high quality training and supervision in their early post registration years. It will help to assure that RPS Frameworks and curricula remain current and applicable across a broad range of settings benefitting both our members and the patients they care for.

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