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Developing, piloting and evaluating a medicines safety school programme to be delivered by student pharmacists.

Depasquale, Clare; Brown, Alyson; Arnold, Amy; Drummond, Natalie; Tonna, Antonella


Alyson Brown

Natalie Drummond


Introduction: This project aimed to develop content, pilot delivery, and evaluate effectiveness of an innovative Medicines Safety School Programme delivered by student pharmacists to primary school pupils. Methods: A collaborative approach between academic staff and a primary school guided programme content. The interactive workshop focused on benefits of medicines when used correctly and harmful effects associated with misuse. Delivery was piloted by academic staff in this same school. Following the pilot, student pharmacists delivered the programme to primary school children. A post-placement online survey explored student pharmacists' views on how involvement supported their professional development. Results: The pilot was delivered to 72 pupils between eight- and nine-years-old. Results from pre- and post-workshop surveys completed by pupils showed an increased understanding post-workshop of the benefits and potential risks associated with medicines. Post-workshop evaluations completed by class teachers rated the workshop as excellent in aspects such as presentation of the topic and effective linking to school and national curricula. Seventy-seven student pharmacists were involved in delivering the programme to 296 primary school children. Results of a post-placement online survey showed that student pharmacists felt that completing this placement had benefited their professional development and increased their confidence when interacting with young children. Conclusions: The Medicines Safety School Programme has been well received by the pupils, school staff, and student pharmacists involved in the pilot study. Development of the programme is ongoing and is now progressing to embed this innovative educational initiative into the pharmacy undergraduate curriculum.


DEPASQUALE, C., BROWN, A., ARNOLD, A., DRUMMOND, N. and TONNA, A. 2021. Developing, piloting and evaluating a medicines safety school programme to be delivered by student pharmacists. Currents in pharmacy teaching and learning [online], 13(10), pages 1319-1323. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2021
Online Publication Date Jul 24, 2021
Publication Date Oct 31, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 25, 2022
Journal Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Print ISSN 1877-1297
Electronic ISSN 1877-1300
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 10
Pages 1319-1323
Keywords Medicines safety; Experiential learning; Pharmacy undergraduate curriculum; Peer education; Role-emerging placement
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