Students' views are just the topic for prescription of excellence
As Professor Rose Marie Parr looks forward to celebrating her first anniversary as the Scottish Government’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, her vision for delivering the Scottish Government’s ten year ‘Prescription of Excellence’ plan continues at a pace with pharmacists’ extended clinic roles at the centre of this vision.
Morisons Solicitors, who widely represent pharmacy owners across Scotland, recently took an innovative approach of role reversal to canvass the views of pharmacy students and learn what they believe Professor Parr’s top three priorities should be in pharmacy education.
The firm launched a competition last year open to students at Robert Gordon and Strathclyde Universities and were clearly impressed not only by the level of interest but with the level of passion and depth of debate the students expressed in their written submissions which were judged last month.
Lucy Gannon, Partner, Morisons said, “Collaboration has become key in the sector as pharmacy professionals embrace clinical leadership in their new integrated approach to patient care and it seemed only appropriate to find out the views of our pharmacists of the future. As is often the case, we were very impressed by the quality of debate and the enthusiasm demonstrated by the students to collaborate on this very topical subject.”
Fourth year student Ross Dickie from Robert Gordon University and Keith Bradley from the University of Strathclyde were selected winners of the written competition and invited to attend the recent Community Pharmacy Ball and Scottish Pharmacist Awards in Edinburgh as the firm’s guests.