THE British Pharmaceutical Student Association (BPSA) and Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have announced a joint project to develop a new pre-foundation programme for pharmacy students and pre-registration trainees.
The pre-foundation programme will provide access to guidance and tools to support students throughout their MPharm degree and beyond, which say the organisations will make “the transition into pre-registration training and foundation practice seamless”.
The programme will be developed this year and the principles will be closely aligned to the RPS Foundation Programme and the RPS Faculty. The pre-foundation framework will complement undergraduate programmes and enable students to develop key knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied to course assignments, practical assessments, projects, and prepare students for work placements and pharmacy practice.
Lottie Bain President of the BPSA said: “The BPSA Executive are really excited to further develop this joint venture with the RPS. Building a sustainable reflective resource optimised for our members will undoubtedly accelerate the professional development of tomorrow’s pharmacists”.
Ash Soni, RPS President, commented: “It is an exciting development in seeing the students of today as trainee professionals on the start of a lifelong learning journey. This new pre-foundation framework reinforces that journey and that the RPS is working with BPSA to establish this ethos of lifelong development in continuous quality improvement to deliver the best patient outcomes at all times.”