Date of prep: December 2020
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It was announced this week that proposals for a pharmacist apprenticeship standard proposal is not ready to go through to development at this time.
Proposals for apprenticeships in England are developed with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) and in line with the Institute’s normal practices, the proposal for a pharmacist apprenticeship standard went forward for consideration by the Institute’s Route Panel. This is a Panel of employers with “relevant occupational experience” who make a recommendation to the Institute’s Board who then make a final decision. The Board decides if the proposal can proceed to the development stage. This process ensures all apprenticeship standards are of the highest quality and in line with employer demand.
At this point the Board has acknowledged that “pharmacists” meet their definition of a distinct occupation but recommended that: “the membership of the group developing the proposal should be expanded to include professionals from a wider range of pharmacy sectors such as military, prisons and higher education institutions“; and “further engagement should take place with sector stakeholders during the development of the proposal. The Board has, therefore, decided the proposal is not ready to go through to development at this time.”
Paul Day, Director of PDA said
“If the employer group intends to try again to progress their plans, we believe they should first identify themselves and approach their proposal with the level of transparency which the profession deserves. Simply adding more anonymous members to an existing anonymous group is not going to improve the credibility of the proposal or the process. If Employers, or others, continue to seek to progress this idea, the PDA will continue to work with other stakeholders to discuss the proposals and keep our members advised of developments.”
Gail Fleming, RPS Director for Education and Professional Development said:
“We are delighted that the need to listen to the profession has been recognised. It is important to ensure that all pharmacy sectors have a voice. We will continue to work with our members to make sure that their views and concerns are heard.”
Pharmacy in Practice is a UK pharmacy publication with its roots in Scotland.