Industrial Pharmacists Forum

Workforce Working Group


The Working Group is set up as a Task & Finish group in order to respond to Health Education England (HEE) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England's (HEFCE) request for views about how to respond to a potential oversupply of MPharm graduates emerging from higher education in England.  


  • To  provide leadership for the profession;
  • To complete a response to the consultation that is delivered to HEFCE by 17.00 on Friday 15 November 2013.



The consultation is deliberately broad-ranging and high-level in content and is composed of 2 stages: (1) Stage 1 for completion by 15 November 2013 - responses to the 3 main options (described below); Stage 2 will follow early in 2014 and will provide an opportunity for further discussion of the option or options favoured in the first stage. The aim is to build a consensus on implementing a new approach from 2015-2016.


The working group will be constituted from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) national boards, RPS members  and thought leaders from the Education Expert Advisory Panel.  The working group will report to the RPS's national boards.

Remit and responsibilities

The Working Group is a task & finish group whose output is to deliver a high level response to HEE/HEFCE's three main options:

  1. Allowing the current market-driven policy to continue and determine the final level of student recruitment and numbers of MPharm programmes offered;
  2. Introducing student intake controls for each MPharm programme;
  3. Creating a break-point during the MPharm degree programmes, so that a proportion of students leave with a degree qualification that does not lead to registration as a pharmacist.


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