Participation of future pharmacists in a professional development certificate scheme; the paradox of personal identity
Wilkinson, J. N. and Donyai, P. (2009) Participation of future pharmacists in a professional development certificate scheme; the paradox of personal identity. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 17 (S1). A36-A37. ISSN 0961-7671
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The white paper ‘Pharmacy in England’ advocates establishing a new pharmacy regulator, building leadership and integrating undergraduate education. Students must morph into competent pharmacists with the skills, expertise and confidence to lead the profession to 2020 and beyond. One way individuals are encouraged to ‘professionalise’ is through participation in personal/professional development schemes. The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) and the College of Pharmacy Practice have operated a professional development certificate (PDC) scheme since 2001. The scheme rewards students with a joint certificate for evidence of participation in five accredited activities in one academic year. Although the scheme is relevant to development of students, less than 2% of BPSA members take part annually. We wanted to understand the reasons for the low uptake. Our primary objectives were to examine the portrayal of the scheme and to investigate what it signifies to individuals. We describe our attempts to apply social marketing techniques to the PDC, and we use ‘logical levels of change’ to highlight a paradox with personal identity.