Five-year timeline to reform Scottish pharmacy education
A five-year timeline to modernise pharmacy education, boost the number of independent prescribers (IPs) and help deliver on strategic ambitions for pharmacy in Scotland has been unveiled by Scottish pharmacy bodies.
The plan sets out timings for the introduction of the new Foundation Training Year, the introduction of new General Pharmaceutical Council standards and the eventual graduation of the first new pharmacist IPs in 2026.
Key points on the timeline set out by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are:
- Spring 2021: information provided to students, employers and ‘designated supervisors’ (previously pre-registration tutors) about how the Foundation Training Year will work in practice.
- July/Aug 2021: first Foundation Training Year begins.
- September 2021: schools of pharmacy begin to implement the revised standards in their courses, building on the reforms in pharmacy education over the past 10 years.
- July/August 2025: Foundation Training Year begins for first students who have completed their MPharm under the revised standards. This will complete the training for them to be independent prescribers from registration in July/August.
- July/August 2026: first students who have completed their MPharm and Foundation year under the revised standards join the Register as IPs.
The plan has been created by Scotland’s chief pharmaceutical officer, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the University of Strathclyde and Robert Gordon University, directors of Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy Scotland, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the GPhC.
It is part of a bigger picture that includes implementation of the strategy set out in the 2017 Scottish Government's ‘Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care’ and, at UK level, the GPhC's new ‘Standards for the Initial Education and Training (IET) of Pharmacists’.
Professor Anne Watson, postgraduate pharmacy dean at NES, said: “We have a co-created plan to deliver an ambitious five-year plan of educational reforms in Scotland. It will greatly enhance the number of active pharmacist independent prescribers and will ensure that the strategic plans for all pharmacy services can be realised.”
Record my learning outcomes
Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing
More like this
National Association of Women Pharmacists elects president
The National Association of Women Pharmacists has a new president after Naina Chotai was elected to the role.
1 Min Article
Pharmacies could administer Covid jabs before Christmas
Pharmacies in England could potentially be administering a Covid-19 vaccine before the end of 2020, an NHS chief’s comments suggest.
1 Min Article
Scottish pharmacies get £5.5m Covid-19 funding boost
An â€˜initial funding packageâ€™ of Â£5.5m in extra cash has been made available to community pharmacies in Scotland.
2 Min Article
Drug companies “carved up the market” alleges watchdog
AMCo, Morningside and Alliance Healthcare have been accused of illegal market sharing over nitrofurantoin.
2 Min Article
Relief from the nasal symptoms of allergy
With NHS England advising that OTC products should no longer be prescribed to treat mild-to-moderate hayfever, pharmacy’s role in supporting sufferers is more important than ever. This module includes self-care advice and product recommendations to aid customer conversations.
7 Min Module