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University of Hertfordshire’s pharmacy graduates lead the way

Posted on: 04 Oct 16

The University of Hertfordshire has produced more registered Pharmacists this year than any other University in the south of England according to the latest figures from General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Nationally, the University was second in the number of registered pharmacists produced overall. In total, 144 graduates from Hertfordshire’s Pharmacy degree programme (MPharm) passed the GPhC’s registration exam. The University’s pass rate was 95%, a massive 45% increase on the previous year’s performance.

This latest achievement follows the Pharmacy department receiving a top score of 100% in the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) mean all Pharmacy graduates found employment within six months or less of leaving.

Dr Matthew Traynor, Head of the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine, said: ‘This latest set of results are fantastic and demonstrate all the hard work both the staff and students have put in over the past couple of years.

‘We have implemented several changes to the course that have included significantly increasing our support for students, both academically and professionally, and making sure they are ready for employment when they graduate.’ 

The pass rate increase comes after a concentrated effort by the Department to improve the course via several different methods in relation to its teaching, student support and practical aspects of the programme. This included changing the content of final year modules to ensure the students were better prepared for practice and adding more relevant clinical content.

 The other significant factor was a revamped support system for the Pharmacy graduates which would help them during their pre-registration year. This involved engaging them through a new online resource which was developed and championed by a new student experience lead, who was also employed as part of the course revamp. The lead’s remit was even expanded to include recent graduates.

This latest achievement follows winning the prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry Network Group (PING) 2016 Innovation Award. This prize was awarded to the Department at PING’s annual conference for its ‘contribution to and engagement with the region’s pharmaceutical industry’.

PING is a networking group for people working in the pharmaceutical industry and allows them to share best practice, industry developments and other relevant ideas. It is supported by the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Watford Council.

Dr Traynor added: ‘This prize is another example of the great strides forward this department is making. These recent results and awards are evidence of the progress that is being made, and it is up to us to maintain this excellent momentum.’

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 04/10/2016

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