The BPSA are pleased to launch our discussion paper, ‘Aspirations and Expectations of Pharmacy Students - A View to the Future’ this afternoon following our 75th Annual Conference in Durham.
The paper examines the aspirations and expectations of pharmacy students as they set out on their journey to become a pharmacy professional. It explores themes such as pharmacist prescribing, the provision of seven day clinical pharmacy services, and what aspects of practice students are interested in training and working in.
This piece of work is the culmination of months of collaboration between the Executive, Ambassadors, Representatives and our members. We ran a survey across all schools of pharmacy in the autumn of 2016, with 1374 respondents having their say on a number of topics. The results give backing to several key BPSA policies including:
On the basis of these policies, survey results and engagement with our members, the BPSA Executive will seek to highlight these opinions as widely as possible in profession, and help to drive forward changes. We have done much work around pre-registration recruitment, training and assessment in recent years, and will continue to focus our efforts here. Beyond this, we will also be seeking to help improve the MPharm degree programme and support the developing role of the pharmacist.
In particular, we have identified seventeen key focus for our ongoing work:
We hope that the largely positive and optimistic views expressed by students are heartening to those who read the discussion paper, and look forward to working with the relevant organisations to make these ambitions a reality. Students, pre-registration trainees and newly qualified pharmacists must be included in decision-making when setting the course for the future. They represent the future of the profession and the importance of their opinions cannot be overemphasized.