Simon Tweddell, BPharm, MRPharms, FHEA, and senior lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and curriculum development fellow at the Centre for Educational Development at the University of Bradford, was tasked with developing a pharmacy program that met the new requirements of the pharmacy regulator. The current program did not integrate subject disciplines, was relatively teacher-centered and didactic and was not engaging students effectively.
Tweddell had a short time frame to put together a team that could develop an innovative new program for approval. He wanted to create something brand new that engaged students and met the needs of future patients and employers by enhancing the development of workplace skills.
His design called for a program based on sound educational pedagogy that focused on students taking deep approaches to learning through elaborative and collaborative learning, reducing content to a core curriculum and taking both a thematic and spiral approach to curricula design. As part of the program, students would commence themes in year one and revisit them each year, each time increasing in depth, breadth and complexity, and with concrete and contextual examples to show the relevance of concepts to pharmacy practice.