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Optimising the use of experiential learning within pharmacy education


   School of Pharmacy

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  Dr Jeremy Sokhi  No more applications being accepted  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Emphasis on experiential learning in pharmacy undergraduate education has increased as pharmacy roles have moved away from their traditional medicines supply focus to a person-centred one with greater involvement in supporting patients with the management of their health.

Experiential learning can be achieved through a blend of workplace training and simulation in the academic setting. Workplace-based learning is considered as one of the most effective ways of translating theory into practice, however in many pharmacy higher education settings resource limitations may restrict opportunities. Therefore, it is vital that where they are used, they are designed and delivered in a way that maximises the benefits to students and stakeholders. Simulation can be an effective substitute but is not without resource implications and therefore it is equally important to ensure such learning is delivered in the most efficient and effective way possible.

This PhD will begin with a literature review of the current application of learning theories to experiential learning in healthcare professional courses. It will involve an evaluation of workplace-based learning and simulation within pharmacy education before proceeding to support the development of a revised degree programme by seeking the input of key stakeholders including students, employers, academics, and Patient and Public Involvement groups. 


Funding Notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/university-information/finance-and-procurement/finance-information-for-students/tuition-fees
A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.

References

i) Sokhi J, Desborough J, Norris N, Wright DJ. Learning from community pharmacists' initial experiences of a workplace-based training program. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2020 Aug;12(8):932-939.
ii) Kinsey H, Sokhi J, Christou M, Wright D. Longitudinal placements for trainee pharmacists: Learning whilst improving patient care. Med Educ. 2021 Oct 29.
iii) Sokhi J, Coull N, Shiggins C, Horton S. Supported communication skills training: Evaluation of a pilot workshop for pharmacy undergraduates. Pharm Educ. 2019;19(1): 347
iv) Sokhi J. An evaluation of an MPharm workshop exploring the needs of disabled service users. Pharm Educ. 2018;18(1): 231-232
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