This is an exciting time to be entering the pharmacy profession. Experience of the Covid pandemic has reinforced the need, already identified in the NHS Long-Term Plan, for greater exposure to clinical practice during under-graduate training.
For example, from 2022/2023, for the first time, the government have committed to fund clinical placements for MPharm students. This is the current approach for other graduate professions.
Health Education England (HEE) is determined to keep equality and inclusion at the front of our thinking and listen to the diverse voices of pharmacy trainees continue to shape professional education – and to ensure that pharmacy education, training and professional development pathways fully meet accessibility and equality standards set out in the Equality Act 2010.
Can you help? As we begin the reform programme, HEE has commissioned specialist company Verve Communications to work with us on a listening exercise to explore in detail what trainees feel either encourage or present obstacles to access routes into professional training.
We particularly want to hear from:
- Students and trainees from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
- Students and trainees experiencing potential barriers e.g., disabilities, sensory impairments or mental ill-health; LGBTQ+ students and trainees; those from disadvantaged backgrounds; people who began training as mature students.
The Verve team is conducting digital workshops and interviews between 12/04/22 and 29/04/22 to discuss your experiences of pharmacy training.
This is an invitation to pharmacy undergraduates, trainee pharmacists or recently qualified pharmacy professionals from these backgrounds or with relevant lived experience to take part in this important engagement exercise.
We hope you will want to take part!
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