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Five-Year Integrated Initial Education Programme for Pharmacists in Scotland - Scoping Report

Five-Year Integrated Initial Education Programme for Pharmacists in Scotland - Scoping Report

Friday, May 5, 2017

ISBN: 9781786529428

Scoping Report to explore a Five-Year Integrated Initial Education Programme for Pharmacists in Scotland.

Executive Summary

In response to the vision for pharmaceutical care in Scotland, the Programme for Government commitments and current and future workforce developments, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, through the auspices of the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO), established an Advisory Group to explore the evolution of the existing pharmacist four-year undergraduate degree and the one-year pre-registration (4+1) training scheme into an integrated five-year programme to support the initial education of pharmacists in Scotland.

This report describes the outputs from the initial scoping exercise undertaken by the Advisory Group and provides a background context, as well as the drivers for change, to the current arrangements.

The report outlines work undertaken during the scoping exercise and the outcome of engagement with a range of stakeholders including the NHS and staff and students at the two Scottish Schools of Pharmacy. The Advisory Group also considered evidence from both the medical and nursing professions as well as from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham in order to assimilate lessons that could be learnt from other professions and pilots.