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UK studies strategies to reduce enrollments in Pharmacy

Reduce the number of students in UK Pharmacy faculties by 10%. Therefore, England too, like Italy, is evaluating the path to take to resolve the employment issues of the category and this seems to be the direction, for the future of the profession, suggested by the report on the pharmaceutical workforce just published by the Center for workforce intelligence (Cfwi) together with the review by the Higher education funding council for England (Hefce) and Health education England. The goal is to maintain a fair match between the number of graduates and pharmacy staffing demand and its implementation could herald a major overhaul of pharmacy education and training. The report clarifies that action to balance supply and demand for pharmacists is necessary to prevent skilled professionals from finding themselves out of work. The proposed suggestion is to gradually reduce the number of graduates in future years, acting both at the time of enrollment in the degree course and subsequently, at the time of the pre-qualification internship request. In this way, arriving at a reduction of about 10%, the system should reach equilibrium in 2030. The review conducted by the HEFCE, for its part, suggests that it is the market that regulates the number of graduate pharmacists and in addition to limiting the number of students enrolled in all pharmacy faculties, recommends introducing a break during the course of study to give students the opportunity to choose whether to stop at a short degree (3 or 4 years) or continue to become pharmacists. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is in favor of the suggested address: «The CFWI proposal reflects the recommendations of the RPS» commented Dave Branford, president of the English pharmacy board of the Society, but not in all aspects, points out, rejecting the hypothesis that it may be the "market" that determines students' access to university. In particular, Rps approves the introduction of the numerus clausus «definitely preferable to the institution of the short degree funnel, already proposed in other European universities». Appreciation for Hefce's theses comes from the Pharmacy schools council, which represents all 26 British Pharmacy universities, which shares the gradualness of the interventions recommended by the CfWI because, says the president John Smart, "it would make it possible to ensure the interests of students and also the financial viability of pharmacy schools.

5 September 2013 – Pharmacist33

Pharmacy degree, Cravotto (University of Turin): adequate offer only with programmed access

Busy week for the Italian University. These are, in fact, the days in which the selections for access to the limited number of faculties are held. From the health professions to medicine and dentistry, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Health, there are 115,000 graduates who have decided to enroll

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