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12th August 2014, 8:36am
Opening doors to the next generation of pharmacists
Mark Brennan The School of Pharmacy at the University of Lincoln, UK, has appointed Mark Brennan as its new Director of Pharmacy and Deputy Head of School.

Mark brings with him years of experience in the design and delivery of high quality learning and student engagement. With research interests and expertise in the field of healthcare law, ethics and governance, Mark is the programme leader for the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme. He will be welcoming the first cohort of MPharm students in September 2014.

The focus of the School of Pharmacy is to provide students with a holistic education, underpinned by scientific knowledge and the people skills that are essential for the best possible provision of healthcare.

Mark said: “Our philosophy is to produce graduates that are completely prepared for near-patient practice and delivery of care. Students will go out into the world fully equipped with the qualities needed to improve quality of life for patients through the appropriate use of medicines.

“The natural sciences underpin the effective use of medicines and the development of optimal pharmaceutical formulations, but it is also very important students understand the social context of a career in pharmacy. We will be focussing on their all-round professional development; not just the knowledge and skills but also the attitudes and behaviours that must run parallel to that. This is equally important whether communicating with individual patients about their care or demonstrating leadership skills in the NHS and pharmaceutical industry. At heart I am a pharmacist and healthcare practitioner, but my way of delivering healthcare is through educating future pharmacists. If students have ambition to be altruistic and improve the lives of people, then pharmacy is the path for them.”

The School of Pharmacy will be located in the new state-of-the-art Joseph Banks Laboratories in the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, which is being created in conjunction with Lincolnshire Co-op.

Also joining the academic staff are teaching practitioners Penny Mosley and Nicole Murdock, who are both community-based pharmacists; and Hershel Joshi and Shireen Chin, who are hospital-based pharmacists.

Following a recent visit from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the Lincoln School of Pharmacy has successfully passed Step 3 of the accreditation process, permitting the acceptance of its first cohort of pharmacy students this September.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the statutory regulator for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and is the accrediting body for pharmacy education in Great Britain. Over the next four years the University will complete Steps 4 to 7 of the accreditation process, with full accreditation being granted when the first cohort of students graduate in 2018.

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