Introducing clinical placements in the MPharm degree will:
- Meet the new learning objectives set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
- Build undergraduate students’ competence and confidence in working as part of multi-professional teams.
- Prepare pharmacy graduates for their foundation training year and registration assessment.
- Build relationships with stakeholders and potential employers to grow the pharmacy workforce
Tariff funded placements for undergraduate pharmacy students
The Department for Health and Social Care confirmed the addition of undergraduate pharmacy students to the list of professions eligible for education and training tariff from September 2022. This means that schools of pharmacy are now able to plan clinical placements within the MPharm degree that are supported by clinical tariff payment.
Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Joint working with pharmacy schools and employers
We are working with schools of pharmacy, employers, pharmacy leaders and other key stakeholders to support the development and implementation of clinical placements within the MPharm degree in England, with an initial focus on:
Preparedness for education and training tariff
Ensuring that pharmacy schools and providers of placements have all the information that they need to understand how clinical placements work, including contractual arrangements, quality monitoring, data gathering and payments.
Educational activities that students participate in while on clinical placement
The development of clinical placements is a critical part of effectively supporting the reform of the initial education and training of pharmacists. Describing how students can safely and effectively develop and practise skills in the clinical placement setting will move placements from being observational to participative.
We are exploring with key stakeholders how the planned clinical placement activities in MPharm degrees can be achieved in collaboration with employers and placement providers.
Testing and development in 2021/22 Academic Year
In preparation for gaining access to clinical tariff, in the 2021/22 academic year, we worked with schools of pharmacy in England, providing funding to develop and test clinical placement models for students in years 2, 3 and 4 of the MPharm degree.
Pharmacy Schools in England were invited to apply for HEE funding to start developing these approaches, to extend and enrich clinical learning in all sectors of practice for pharmacy students.
The approaches are being evaluated. Evidence, learning and recommendations for future clinical placement strategies will be shared with all schools of pharmacy and key stakeholders.
Please contact the national pharmacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.