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The term churning out is rather pejorative considering the high standard of education in our pharmacy schools. Please can you change it?
Claire Anderson Professor of Social Pharmacy, University of Nottingham.
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As these are designed to be a snapshot of a particular issue, we need to attract people to take part - and, at the time of writing, this poll has encouraged nearly 50 people to take part after being live for only 24 hours.
Your comments make valid points about the quality of pharmacy schools and graduates, and will serve as good fodder for debate.
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As a former Chair of the old RPSGB Education Committee (which used to accredit all UK schools of pharmacy) I absolutely agree with Claire and John.
Students are absolutely NOT "churned out"
The academic standards of the MPharm are rigourously quality-controlled and I am pleased to be able to say with confidence there are NO bad schools of pharmacy.
That said we undoubtedly have a problem. Other medical professions plan their workforce and have different (and more generous) funding mechanisms. If we are truly to produce fit-for-purpose, "patient-centred, medicines-focused" health professionals this requires a radical rethink.
It is an unacceptable waste of financial resources and human talent (not to mention five years of student debt as we move towards the intergrated degree)if we don't plan.
Without some urgent planning we will end up with MPharm graduates with no pre-reg place and/or with qualified pharmacists who will have no job.
What a waste! I'm sure noone wants to see that.
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I am a Pharmacy student who has just finished his second year of study at Kingston University. My classmates and I are all very concerned about the number of Pharmacy students being accepted into university each year. The demand for placements and jobs has been escalating to higher and higher levels each year.
What I do not understand is why the GphC has yet to put caps into place to limit numbers? The univerisities will not decrease their yearly intake of students until told to do so, the revenue made from them is too great. A system similar to the medical field needs to be applied, so that supply meets demand and is sustainable for the future.
Without regulation I fear many newly qualified Pharmacists will have to venture abroad in order to find work.
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