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Well-rounded pharmacists: a longitudinal evaluation of a multi-sector pre-registration programme

Bartlett, Sophie ORCID:, Bullock, Alison ORCID:, Broad, Bethan and Doyle, Laura 2022. Well-rounded pharmacists: a longitudinal evaluation of a multi-sector pre-registration programme. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 30 (3) , pp. 268-272. 10.1093/ijpp/riac023

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Introduction Pharmacists traditionally work in either hospital or community settings and increasingly in primary care. As demands on health care continue to rise, pharmacists need a well-rounded understanding of the patient journey and transfer of care and be capable of working in any setting. In response, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) launched a multi-sector pre-registration pharmacy training programme. Trainees experience all three pharmacy settings throughout the year, in contrast to the traditional, single-sector programmes. Objectives To explore the views of the now-qualified pharmacists, their tutors and line managers on the multi-sector programme and how it prepares pharmacists for practice. Methods This longitudinal study followed pharmacists through the multi-sector programme, to approximately 1 year post-registration. Data were collected via interviews (n = 27) with pharmacists, tutors and line managers. All data were pattern coded and analysed thematically. Key findings Pharmacists maintained that they benefited from the multi-sector training programme and would choose this option again. Pharmacists, tutors and line managers considered that the programme provided a more holistic perspective of pharmacy than single-sector programmes and a greater understanding of patient journeys and transfer of care. Nonetheless, there remains a lack of consensus on how the programme is best structured, and there is scope to increase the hands-on experience in primary care settings. Conclusions Greater communication across sectors and smoother transfer of patient care benefit employers and patients as well as the pharmacists. Recommendations for future multi-sector programmes are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0961-7671
Funders: Health Education and Improvement Wales
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 28 February 2022
Last Modified: 19 May 2023 17:43

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