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pharmacy schoolJune 10 2015

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has accredited four schools of pharmacy as Foundation Schools, under its workplace education programme to support newly qualified pharmacists.

Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, and jointly, King’s College London and University College London Schools of Pharmacy have been awarded the status.

They will work in partnership with employers “to provide quality assured workplace education and training infrastructures, tutor training, assessments based on competency and performance, with a quality assured award that meets our standards for the RPS Foundation Programme,” says the RPS.

“Employers who are part of formalised partnerships with education providers, and who meet these standards, are recognised as RPS Foundation Training Centres. By seeking RPS accreditation, HEIs and training providers demonstrate their commitment to the delivery of high quality professional development to pharmacists.” The scheme will be open for submissions to all relevant parties from July 2015.

The RPS launched its Foundation Programme in 2014 to support newly qualified pharmacists through their first 1,000 days of practice, in whichever sector they are working. The programme is designed to provide professional support, networks, and development frameworks, and can also be used by pharmacists changing sector or returning to practice after a career break.

Heads of schools, Professor Peter Hylands of KCL SoP and Professor Duncan Craig of UCL SoP said: “University College London and King’s College London have been at the leading edge of pharmacist Foundation Training since 2007, and have worked with employers and stakeholders to ensure a rigorous foundation for early careers for over 1,500 pharmacists.

“Being in the first wave of RPS-accredited Foundation Schools fits with our joint vision for a truly clinical workforce and continued strategic development for young practitioners. We are proud of our achievements to date and will continue to advance practice with our NHS partners.”

The RPS adds that accredited RPS Foundation Training Providers will deliver education and training mapped to the RPS Foundation Programme, while supporting and developing ‘foundation pharmacists’ to the RPS standards.

“Employers (who are not in a formal partnership with a RPS Foundation School) may work with accredited RPS Foundation Training providers, to deliver development experiences mapped to the RPS standards for the Foundation Programme.”

The RPS will announce the community pharmacy employers who will participate in the first wave of Foundation Training Providers following the initial stages of development of this scheme.

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RPS announcement    

RPS Foundation Programme    

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