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England's Chief Pharmaceutical Officer opens £1m clinical suite

5 February 10

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge, has officially opened a £1m state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite at the University of Bradford.

The suite is part of the Bradford School of Pharmacy at the University and is a state of the art facility that allows students to contextualise their learning in different clinical settings.

Whilst at the University Dr Ridge spent some time touring the new facilities including the simulated community pharmacy, sponsored by Weldricks Pharmacy, and a simulated hospital ward.

Head of Pharmacy, Professor Kay Marshall, said: "The University was delighted that Dr Ridge opened the Clinical Skills Suite.  Pharmacy is an applied discipline and the school acknowledges the University strap line 'Making Knowledge Work'.  We believe strongly in translational research taking our ideas from the bench to the bedside and just as importantly translating learning into practice.

"The first significant project for the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme Board (MPC), is to review the current pharmacist undergraduate education and pre-registration training to assess its content and continuing relevance and to identify options for change as set out in the 2008 Pharmacy White Paper 'Pharmacy in England: Building On Strengths & Delivering the Future'. One core premise of the strategy will be to increase the clinical experience of pharmacy undergraduates. The unique five year sandwich course in Pharmacy here at Bradford is ahead of its time and much can be learned from this way of teaching."

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford also attended the opening with several superintendent pharmacists from major community pharmacy groups and a number of Chief Pharmacists from the NHS.

5 February 10

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