Role-emerging placements in pharmacy undergraduate education: perceptions of students



Multidisciplinary Team, Pharmaceutical Care, Pharmacy Placements, Role-Emerging Placements Undergraduate Education


Context: Role-emerging placements (REPs) can be a unique opportunity for pharmacy students to understand patient care issues and see the value of a multi-disciplinary team.

Description: Optional REPs were piloted in an MPharm degree course, in a range of day hospitals and patient groups. This project aimed to evaluate students’ perceptions on the placement’s contribution to their professional development.

Evaluation: Twenty percent of the 59 students who attended the placement participated in two focus groups. High satisfaction with their REP was reported, with an emphasis on increased understanding of the role of multidisciplinary teams, patient perceptions and impact on pharmaceutical care. Although introducing a new scheme brought some challenges, these are not insurmountable. As such, the benefits of REPs are likely to be ongoing and the results are therefore encouraging for other Schools of Pharmacy.

Future plans: REPs will become an integral part of this University’s MPharm syllabus.

Author Biographies

Efi (Efthymia) Mantzourani, Cardiff University

School of Pharmacy

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Mary Louise Hughes, Cardiff University

Cardiff School of Pharmacy

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice


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How to Cite

Mantzourani, E. (Efthymia), & Hughes, M. L. (2016). Role-emerging placements in pharmacy undergraduate education: perceptions of students. Pharmacy Education, 16. Retrieved from



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