The Pharmacy Curriculum Team is made up of a diverse group of 16 people at different stages in their careers, different grades, academic, non-academic and a recent graduate (2017). Some have a pharmacy practice background from hospital, community or primary care; others have a science background. The majority hold HEA Fellowship. There are two qualified TBL associates and all are leaders by virtue of their devolved roles and responsibilities.
As a team, they are focused on and committed to making the best pharmacy graduates who becomes a competent, confident pharmacists able to contribute positively to the National Health Service (NHS) and patient-centred care.
Impact of Work
Their work has affected the way pharmacy is taught at the University of Bradford (UoB) from a traditional didactic and laboratory-based subject to an active, student-centred learning and teaching strategy. The team believes that their students are better equipped to enter the world of clinical practice and work with patients using collaborative working, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication with others. This has been developed using a team-based learning (TBL) approach to the whole of curricula development; unique in the United Kingdom (UK).
As a result of the approach, other parts of UoB and universities both nationally and internationally are looking to them as the leading edge for TBL. This has resulted in TBL being used at, for example, Anglia Ruskin, Wolverhampton, Reading, Sussex, University of Amsterdam with subjects as diverse as law, agriculture, psychology and systems engineering. They want to support and help their colleagues to develop their curricula so they do this altruistically, with a desire to share and collaborate.
Plans for the Future
As Curriculum 2012 becomes Curriculum 2018 we want to explore the nature of student-centred learning for patient-centred care and to develop the notion of professional identity for pharmacy students. The team truly believes that having a robust educational infrastructure to develop and enhance student skills and behaviours are vital to sustainable healthcare workforce. In future curriculum they will plan for the future roles of pharmacists and how they can be better used in the austerity times in the NHS.
The Pharmacy Curriculum Team
University of Bradford