SHORT REPORT: Experiential learning placements in primary care: Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors

  • Alyson Brown NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
  • Linsey Hayes NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
  • Lloyd Kennett NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2021.211.695697

Keywords:

Experiential learning, Pharmacy education, Pharmacy student, Placement, Primary care, Undergraduate

Abstract

In 2020, the Sars-2-CoV pandemic led to challenges in providing experiential learning (EL) placements for undergraduate student pharmacists in primary care settings across Scotland. The need to reduce footfall along with the introduction of physical distancing measures, a blended approach to working location, and a change to workflow, all created unforeseen challenges for hosting student pharmacist EL placements within the primary care environment in NHS Lanarkshire. This short report focuses on how the primary care prescribing support team in NHS Lanarkshire adapted student pharmacist EL placements to ensure they continued to meet learning outcomes as defined by the universities via virtual delivery hosted on MS Teams.

Author Biographies

Alyson Brown, NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Kirklands Hospital

Linsey Hayes, NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Kirklands Hospital

Lloyd Kennett, NHS Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Kirklands Hospital

References

General Pharmaceutical Council, 2021. Standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists [online]. London: GPhC. Available from: https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/sites/default/files/document/standards-for-the-initial-education-and-training-of-pharmacists-january-2021_0.pdf [Accessed 27 April 2021]

NES, 2021. Experiential Learning for Student Pharmacists in Scotland. [online]. Edinburgh: NES. Available from: https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/our-work/experiential-learning-for-student-pharmacists-in-scotland/ [Accessed 27 April 2021]

Scottish Government, 2017. GMS Contract: 2018 [online]. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Available from: https://www.gov.scot/publications/gms-contract-scotland/ [Accessed 17 April 2021]

Published

19/11/2021

Issue

Section

Short Report