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Pharmacy apprenticeships paused again to address 'misconceptions'

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When I first started in 1951 I started a 2 year apprentice ship. I and many others learn't about pharmacy and more importantly learn't about life . About working with experienced staff who could teach you a lot. Dealing with customers and learning about life. We also had distance learning as we went on. I later went on to do my A levels and eventually on to a 2 year RPS course at Bradford Technical College . University courses were very few. They concentrated more on academic courses preparing students for working in factories.or research. An average university had 35 places available in a year. Bradford had nearer 60 and we worked a 5 and half day week. A lot of us worked every weekend in local pharmacies and in local pharmacies nearer home during the breaks. All this time we were learning about patients. I met drug addicts. All sorts of patients. All sorts of customers asking for help. We had a patient who was nearly having a baby. Luckily the hospital was not too far away and got their in time. In the dispensary you met dispensers who had been there for many years and imparted their knowledge to you. You learn't to look after your patients and be sympathetic to their problems. So that when you passed your finals you could face the job.Look after staff and patients I do not know whether this system would work but I think the system where students spend a mixture of learning time in a uni and the learning in shops.hospitals or other areas. Dennis Maitland

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2 JAN 2020

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