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Executive summary


1. This document summarises the analysis of responses to a joint consultation about ensuring a sustainable supply of pharmacy graduates. The consultation was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England (HEE) in 2013.

Key points

2. Key points emerging from the consultation are as follows.

  1. The balance of arguments presented by respondents supported the introduction of some form of student intake control.
  2. A minority of respondents were in favour of allowing the market to continue to determine MPharm student numbers.
  3. The balance of arguments presented by respondents was not in favour of creating a formal break-point during study.
  4. A large number of respondents suggested that implementation of recent work by the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme Board to develop a five-year integrated curriculum for pharmacy should be linked to delivering a more sustainable supply of graduates.
  5. The availability of good-quality, timely information for prospective pharmacy students, their parents and their advisors was considered critical.
  6. Quality was cited as a primary driver across all three proposed options.

Action required

3. This publication is for information.

Date: 10 October 2014

Ref: HEFCE 2014/22

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Providers of higher education, particularly MPharm pharmacy courses Planning, Finance

Providers of pharmacy pre-registration training placements

Employers of registered pharmacists

Regulators, professional associations and other bodies in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and healthcare areas

Students and their advisors

Health Education England Local Education and Training Boards

NHS commissioning organisations

Patient representative groups

Devolved administrations

Enquiries should be directed to:

HEE: Sue Ambler, tel 020 8433 6902

HEFCE: Victoria Holbrook, tel 0117 931 7254