Following the consultation, Ensuring a sustainable supply of pharmacy graduates: Proposals for consultation (HEFCE 2013/19), HEFCE and HEE wrote to their respective ministers. On 1 September the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, responded, advising that he did not wish HEFCE to implement a specific student number control for pharmacy.
Although integrated Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) courses are designed to lead to registration, graduates are not guaranteed the pre-registration training places which they must undertake before they can apply to register. Demand for pre-registration training places is high and the process is competitive.
In his letter, the Minister asked HEFCE, working with HEE and others, to ensure that students undertaking such degrees understand this. We will work closely with HEE and stakeholders such as the Pharmacy Schools Council to take this discussion forward.