Objectives Using performance standards (PS) set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), this study compared the views of two consecutive cohorts of MPharm graduates from one pharmacy school, pre- and post-curriculum reform on preparedness for practice (PFP).
Methods Preparedness was investigated using the GPhC’s 76 PS, grouped into three domains of practice; professional activity, interpersonal skills and ability to provide an effective pharmaceutical service. Respondents were asked to (dis)agree with how they perceived the MPharm had sufficiently prepared them to meet each of the 76 PS. Differences in mean score between the two cohorts were analysed via the independent-samples t-test. Regression analysis was used to determine whether the year of graduation was a predictor of PFP once other variables were controlled for.
Key findings A response rate of 30.1% and 42.4% was achieved for the 2014 and 2015 cohort, respectively. Significantly more respondents of the 2015 cohort (post-curricular reform) felt prepared for practice than respondents of the 2014 cohort (pre-curricular reform), for all domains of pre-registration performance standards. Multiple regression analysis demonstrated that year of graduation was the independent variable that made the strongest unique contribution to explaining PFP (Beta = 0.527, p ≤ 0.005).
Conclusions Overall findings of this study suggest that increasing adoption of undergraduate active learning opportunities and integrating learning of core subjects, may enhance the overall feeling of preparedness for practice.