Introduce accreditation for tutors to control pharmacist numbers
When I qualified from the school of pharmacy at the University of Brighton in 1983 it was an excellent school, as I am sure it is today, producing high calibre registered pharmacists. So why then do we need another school at the University of Sussex two miles away (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:436)?
Universities appear to be on a mission to open up a school of pharmacy on every corner of the UK and there is nothing we can do. But the regulator could consider introducing a tough accreditation process for existing and prospective pre-registration tutors to help control numbers. This would not only weed out tutors who do not make the grade but also reduce the number of pre-registration places available, hence reducing the numbers qualifying. Harsh? Maybe. But desperate times call for desperate measures.
I recently worked with a newly registered locum who struggled to find regular work so she applied to train as a primary school teacher. Pharmacy graduates who cannot register have the option of retraining like any other graduate. This must be frustrating for pharmacy graduates, especially after four years of study and a £40,000 loan to pay off. This surge in pharmacist numbers must be stopped. Incorporating a tough accreditation process for tutors may help to curb this oversupply train wreck.
Akis Michael Koumis
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068587
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