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Experiential Learning for Student Pharmacists in Scotland


Experiential Learning for Student Pharmacists in Scotland

The Scottish Government is investing in the next generation of pharmacists, with new funding (from 2018/19) to support the experiential learning (EL) that Student Pharmacists from Robert Gordon University and the University of Strathclyde undertake as part of their degree. 

This funding will enhance the quality of experiential learning in hospital, community and primary care settings, and help better prepare the future Pharmacy workforce. 

'Scottish Pharmacy Experiential Learning' is organised in partnership between Robert Gordon University, the University of Strathclyde, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and other pharmacy stakeholders. 

Scottish Pharmacy Experiential Learning Pilots

Three EL pilots were carried out in 2018-19:

  • Introducing undergraduates to Primary Care.
  • Introducing undergraduates to Out of Hours/Unscheduled Care - NHS24 and extended hour pharmacies.
  • Increasing EL capacity using Remote and Rural community pharmacies, community or specialist Hospitals, Remote and Rural bundles (combinations of hospital, community and primary care).

These pilots are currently being independently evaluated.

Additional resources

Please visit our pages for current and potential training providers/facilitators for additional information.

In addition, both Universities have an Experiential Leaning handbook which provides full details of their Experiential Learning requirements, including intended learning outcomes. Please find the University of Strathclyde Experiential Learning Handbook below. The RGU handbook 2019/20 will be available in due course.

University Of Strathclyde EL Handbook

Webinar – Facilitating Experiential Learning

A webinar which took place on Tuesday 22nd January provided an opportunity for the Scottish schools of Pharmacy to provide an update on their MPharm course structure and how experiential learning (EL) is integrated into the course. A recording of the webinar is available by clicking on the image below