Science Industry Partnership

04 Feb 2019

New opportunities for clinical pharmacology scientists, with first-ever apprenticeship scheme set to support UK’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy


The Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer has been granted approval for the development of a new national apprenticeship standard for the role of clinical pharmacology scientist, thanks to a cross-sector drive to address the skills gap.

Apprenticeship standards are aimed at addressing priority skills areas, and the critical shortfall of skilled clinical pharmacologists is recognised as one of those areas.

The proposal to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) was led by the Clinical Pharmacology Skills Alliance (CPSA), a group comprising the British Pharmacological Society, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine(FPM) and Health Education England (HEE).

The Alliance’s employer-led ‘Trailblazer’ group worked with the IfA’s Health and Science Route Panel (formed of industry leaders) as part of a broader initiative to deliver standards for the UK government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. The approval for the apprenticeship is a major step forward, and will help to address issues such as the lack of a career pathway, the lack of formal training, and a lack of understanding of the role itself.

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