Project coordinator

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, RS

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade is the oldest and leading HEI for Pharmacy Education in Serbia and the region, originating from the Department of Pharmacy established at the Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade in 1939. In 1945, the independent Faculty of Pharmacy was founded. Nowadays, the Faculty offers education programs for pharmacists on the undergraduate and postgraduate level and with its 167 academic staff, provides a nurturing and challenging learning environment delivering two integrated (5 years) undergraduate study programs: Master of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy - Medical Biochemist. The number of first-year students entering the Master of Pharmacy study program is 275 per year, whereas the Master of Pharmacy - Medical Biochemist Program enrolls 50 first year students. A number of 40 students per year are enrolled in the postgraduate PhD program, while additional 100 students per year are enrolled in the different postgraduate qualification/specialization courses.

The Faculty of Pharmacy educates pharmacists for community and hospital pharmacy settings, pharmaceutical industry, laboratories for drug analyses and control, wholesales and medical biochemists for biochemical laboratories. In 2004 the Center for Continuing Education was formed at the Faculty of Pharmacy, being committed to providing continuing professional development for pharmacists in Serbia. Besides, Faculty of Pharmacy and its staff are actively involved in all the professional activities in the pharmaceutical sector in Serbia, collaborating with the Pharmaceutical Chamber of Serbia, Chamber of Biochemists of Serbia, Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia and Pharmaceutical Society of Serbia.

Faculty of Pharmacy University of Belgrade has its representatives in the National Experts Pharmacy Committee and the National Health Board (established in April this year), that will take the responsibilities for the continuing professional development/education courses and course providers accreditation. Apart from its the long membership in the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Faculty of Pharmacy became a member of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy in 2002.

Consortium Members

The School of Pharmacy, Trinity College, University of Dublin, IE

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The School of Pharmacy at Trinity College Dublin was the first, and until recently, the only centre for pharmaceutical education in Ireland. A Pharmacy Degree has been offered by the School since 1977. Since October 1997 the School has been located at the East End of the TCD campus in the Panoz Institute, a purpose-built facility. The Pharmacy undergraduate syllabus leading to a B.Sc. (Pharm) degree is taught over 4 years and satisfies the requirements of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, i.e. the statutory registration body. The aim of the B.Sc. (Pharmacy) course is to provide students with a basic education in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Practice of Pharmacy in all its forms. To quote from the Accreditation Document of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland "the purpose of undergraduate pharmacy education (the pharmacy degree course), is to produce pharmacy graduates who are able to communicate and apply in their chosen field of practice; the elements of pharmaceutical knowledge and care and whose relevant skills are based upon and underpinned by appropriate and sufficient understanding of the principles and techniques of the pharmaceutical sciences".

The academic staff of the School provide courses and research facilities for approximately 330 students per year (undergraduates B.Sc.(Pharm) and postgraduate research). In addition, staff contribute to 5 postgraduate taught full-time, part-time and distance-learning M.Sc./Diploma courses. The Pharmaceutical Sciences and Practice of Pharmacy subject areas are currently taught by part- and full-time academic staff, in conjunction with Teacher-Practitioners and a number of external lecturers from Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, the Pharmaceutical Industry and Regulatory Bodies. Staff contribute to integrated postgraduate taught M.Sc./Diploma courses which are formulated in the context of European and international curriculum strategies (M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Analysis, M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Community Pharmacy, M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Pharmaceutical Technology, M.Sc. in Neuroscience, M.Sc. in Sports and Exercise Medicine).

The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana

The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana has a long tradition and expertise in the postgraduate education in different disciplines of pharmaceutical science and practice. It possesses reputable experts which is reflected in the quality and number of publications by their members of staff. The experience and knowledge accumulated over the years will make an important contribution to the success of the project. Modern facilities at the Faculty will provide the opportunity for members of the RS participating Universities involved in the Tempus project to acquire the appropriate skills directly from those teaching and researching at Ljubljana.

The structure of postgraduate qualification profiles delivered at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana is similar to those of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade. HE institutions in RS ans SI originated from the same educational system and the experience of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana on the updates and developments made during the EU pre-accession and accession phase will be of foremost importance.

The School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK

The School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK has a long history within the University of London. It currently holds the highest government research rating (as it has in all UK government Research Assessments to date).

The School of Pharmacy has also been awarded a rating of excellent for teaching and learning provision, also by the UK Government. The School has a public record of educational progress, and was the first faculty in the EU that used an integrated approach to pharmaceutical education, through modern methods such as problem-based learning, PBL.

The School has a public record of excellence on its contribution to pharmaceutical education and research worldwide. The School will bring expertise in curriculum development and reform, having successfully implemented whole curriculum reform in the early-1990s, and again successfully implemented a further transition from bachelor to Master level in its degree provision. The School remains a world leader in pharmacy educational research, and hosts an international research journal devoted to this area (professor Ian Bates is Editor-in-Chief.

The Joint Programmes Board, London, UK

The Joint Programmes Board (JPB) is a collaborative, between the NHS pharmacy services and the local Schools of Pharmacy, which ensures that the training of pharmacists meets the modern requirements of the NHS to be “fit for practice” in order to provide consistently high quality patient care. It has reformed the education system for pharmacy practitioners. The collaborative consists of academic and NHS partners and is supported by the Deans and Heads of Schools of Pharmacy and the Director of Specialist Pharmacy Services across the locality. The role of the JPB is to provide the infrastructure to ensure the supply of pharmacists, working in institutions providing NHS services, who are educated and motivated to deliver high quality pharmaceutical services for NHS patients. This is performed in a way that is responsive to the Government's national objectives for health and social care, the local context in which these pharmacists work, and the changing needs and expectations of the patients they serve. Until recently, there was no current systematic provision of postgraduate education for pharmacy practitioners in England. This poses a significant problem for career development, which in turn impacts on health care reform policy, improved provision of public health and patient safety. The level of currently available post-registration pharmacy education has evolved from the need for development of clinical pharmacist skills and knowledge.

The JPB is responsible for the planning, design and infrastructure of the new Postgraduate Diploma (DipGPP) award, and has invested in the latest IT systems to ensure that practitioners have better access to educational support as they plan and participate in formal post-registration education. Registration, student progress, milestones, assessments and the eventual award are facilitated by e-supported learning systems that will negate traditional notions of boundaries, borders and geography. The JPB has established an educational delivery infrastructure to allow implementation and delivery of new practitioner programme.

The University of Greenwich, UK

The University of Greenwich, UK has a long history of providing degree programmes at Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Level in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy. In conjunction with the School of Education and Training, all degrees are constantly upgrading to a new standard using in-house experience and knowledge. The School of Education provides Teachers Training for primary and secondary education, and Continual Professional Development for tertiary education.

Department of Pharmacy, Medical Faculty, University of Novi Sad, RS

The Department of Pharmacy was established at the Medical Faculty, University of Novi Sad in 2000. The Master of Pharmacy course is delivered as a 5-years study program in both Serbian and English language. The number of students entering the Master of Pharmacy course is 80 per year. The Faculty has a tradition of Postgraduate PhD studies and actively contribute to continuing education and lifelong learning.

Department of Pharmacy, Medical Faculty, University of Niš, RS

The Department of Pharmacy at the Medical Faculty, University of Niš, was established in 2002. Total number of students currently involved in the Department of Pharmacy is 440. The number of academic staff engaged in the Pharmacy Curriculum is more than 140. In the year 2007, postgraduate PhD studies were established at the Faculty. The postgraduate qualification courses in Clinical pharmacy and Fitotherapy and dietetics are submitted for accreditation and their realization is expected starting the school year 2009/2010.

Department of Pharmacy, Medical Faculty, University of Kragujevac, RS

The Department of Pharmacy was founded in 2005, at Medical Faculty, University of Kragujevac. There is one study programme at the Department, the Master of Pharmacy course, with duration of 5 years (10 semesters). The annual enrolment rate at the programme is 84 students. There are 140 academic staff members engaged at the Department (81 lecturer or professor and 59 assistants). Postgraduate courses are not currently organized by the Department.

The Associated Partner Institutions supporting the Project activities are the Ministry of Health, Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education, Republic of Serbia, Pharmaceutical Society of Serbia, Society of Medical Biochemists of Serbia, Pharmacists Chamber of Serbia and Medical Biochemists Chamber of Serbia.

All the partners will contribute the project realization in proportion to their capacity in the relevant fields. More impact is foreseen in the field of new, modern professional profiles related to the practice of the community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and industrial pharmacy. Therefore, more intensive activities and greater involvement of the relevant partner institutions (i.e. the UK Higher Education Institutions) is to be expected.

External Experts

Professor Daan Crommelin

Professor Daan Crommelin is the Scientific Director of the Dutch Top Institute Pharma responsible for the Education & Training. Top Institute Pharma was founded in 2006 by the Dutch government, the bio-pharmaceutical industry and research universities. It is a collaboration between industrial and academic research teams who carry out groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary research to improve the efficiency of the entire drug development process. Professor Crommelin is the President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Scientest (EUFEPS) and the Immediate Past Chair (2008-2012) of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Special Interest Groups of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Professor Crommelin is also engaged in the activities of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP). The EAFP current priority recognized topic is identification of the learning needs of pharmaceutical professionals working in the different sectors and design and harmonization of the postgraduate qualification system which would be highly visible and recognized among the EU Member States. Professor Crommelin is engaged in the current project as an external expert and member of the Project Advisory Board. His experience in international project management, as well as the expertise in pharmacy education will greatlly contribute the proposed project. Specific expertize that professor Crommelin will bring to the Consortium is related, also, to the University – enterprise cooperation in the EU (i.e. linking the worlds of work and education).

Professor John Graham Davies

Professor Graham Davies' research interests embrace two areas relating to clinical and professional work. He is an active member of the Biomaterials research group and has obtained research grants from both the MRC and EPSRC for work investigating the impact of a range of novel materials on the treatment of renal failure. He retains a strong interest in the development of clinical pharmacy practitioners through research evaluating the assessment of competence. He is currently working as part of a South of England research team developing and testing a competency framework for evaluating the practice of hospital pharmacists – from junior grades through to consultant level practitioners.

Professor Davies is a member of the Competency Development and Evaluation Group (CoDEG). CoDEG is a collaborative network of specialist and academic pharmacists, developers, researchers and practitioners. Its aim is to undertake research and evaluation in order to help develop and support pharmacy practitioners and ensure their fitness to practice at all levels. Professor Davies' expertise in the field will provide specific contribution to the proposed project in relation to identifying and defining competency profiles within the advanced level competency framework to support the design of learning outcomes based professional profiles.