University of Bradford pharmacy programmes praised by General Pharmaceutical Council
The University of Bradford has gained approval by the General Pharmaceutical Council to continue its Pharmacy degree programmes.
Accreditation by the independent regulator for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain is a hallmark of quality, awarded to institutions that meet rigorous criteria and standards. It means the university has met new GPhC standards which include preparing students to be prescribers on qualification.
The two programmes which have been recommended for re-accreditation, subject to a part two event in the academic year 2024/2025, are the four-year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) and the five-year MPharm Sandwich degree, which includes two six-month foundation training placements.
The GPhC made no recommendations or conditions on the proposed MPharm programmes.
The university is ranked 9th in the Guardian universities league table for the combined subject areas of pharmacy and pharmacology and this year moved up five places in the recent Complete University Guide rankings, from 26th to 21st in the country (also combined pharmacy and pharmacology).
Hadar Zaman, Head of School for Pharmacy and Medical, pictured below, said: "I am delighted with the outcome of the accreditation event, which is testament to the hard work and innovative staff we have in the School. They have created a world class MPharm programme which will train the next generation of highly skilled pharmacists, managing patients and directly contributing to narrowing the health inequalities experienced by people."
Helen Cook, Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy and accreditation lead, said: "This accreditation outcome is a consequence of the truly integrative nature of the MPharm team, including our internal stakeholders (students and service users) and external stakeholders (employers and clinical placement providers). It has been an absolute honour and pleasure to lead this team."
The General Pharmaceutical Council assessment included a visit to the university. In its report, it noted: "The team had the opportunity to visit several of the teaching facilities and agreed that they were of extremely high standard and specification."
The accreditation report is available here.