Students on Swansea University’s upcoming pharmacy course will be able to see high-tech developments in community pharmacy care at first hand, thanks to a new partnership.
The University has teamed up with Evans Pharmacy for the collaboration which covers the provision of student placements, curriculum development and support for their research.
Swansea University Medical School launches its MPharm degree in October 2021 so this collaboration is particularly timely, says Head of Pharmacy Andrew Morris.
“It is an exciting new development as we count down to our very first pharmacy course.
We have had great support from the pharmacy profession in developing the programme and now are very grateful to be working more closely with Evans Pharmacy and the opportunities this will offer,” he said.
To mark the partnership Professor Morris visited the Evans Pharmacy branch at Ty Elli Surgery in Llanelli. It is one of a handful of community pharmacies in Wales which use a dispensing robot to assist with the effective supply of medicines.
Evans Pharmacy CEO Dr Mo Nazemi said: “We operate 10 independent pharmacies across South Wales offering the public advice not just on medicine but also on how to live a healthier life. We look forward to working with the Medical School and being able to play an important role in training the pharmacists of the future.”
Professor Morris added: “The benefits of extending clinical roles for pharmacists have now been recognised and the NHS is working to increase the number of pharmacists not only within general practices and primary care clusters but also as community pharmacists providing a greater range of clinically-focused services.
“A partnership like this will give our students the chance to learn about caring for the community by actually working within it.”
Swansea University’s Head of Pharmacy Andrew Morris is pictured above with Dr Mo Nazemi at Evans Pharmacy’s Ty Elli branch