An explanation of experiential learning

Experiential learning describes the knowledge, skills, and or abilities attained through observation, simulation and/or participation, providing depth and meaning to learning by engaging the mind and body through activity, reflection and application. People learn best from experience; therefore an essential component of our course at Sussex involves students being engaged with first-hand practice experiences in pharmacy environments such as hospitals, community pharmacies and industry. Such experiential activities help to integrate didactic education and practice and ensure that students learn to apply knowledge in the real world while acquiring a professional attitude, ultimately preparing them for their future enhanced role in patient care.

A list of the experiential learning opportunities we have

Currently we have opportunities within local hospitals, community pharmacies and local pharmaceutical industry.

Explanation about how we work with the hospital, community and industry

Students will be mentored by clinical preceptors in the workplace, supported by bespoke learning resources tailored to the experiential learning.   

The role of the Clinical Preceptor

Amy Walker

In my role as a clinical preceptor, I provide a link between the University and the local Hospitals, as well as organising practice experience and assisting students in acquiring the clinical knowledge they require to practice as a competent pharmacist. I spend part of my week working at the University, where I support pharmacy students with their learning, and deliver lectures, workshops and integration sessions.  The other part of my time is spent working as a clinical pharmacist for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust where I cover the acute medical unit and the infectious diseases ward, as well as working in the dispensary as the Responsible Pharmacist.

Vicki Lean

As a clinical preceptor, I also provide a link to the local hospital to help ensure teaching reflects real life practice. With this link I am able to help organise and support students in their hospital practice experience. Like Amy, I also spend half of my week working at the University, where I am involved in helping teach lectures, workshops and integration sessions. The other part of my time is spent working for Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust where I am involved with education and training of pharmacists at the hospital.They include pre-registration pharmacists and also pharmacists undertaking postgraduate diploma courses.

 

Patient as Teacher Scheme

Pharmacy students will have exposure to 'real' patients from year 1 in the course of developing their professional skills. The ‘Patient as Teacher’ scheme will enable students to learn from people with long term health conditions in a safe and non-threatening environment, while acquiring the qualities that underpin safe and effective patient care. These include qualities such as professionalism, integrity, compassionate caring and empathy.

Cultural Competence Scheme

Cultural Competence: An understanding of the behaviours and beliefs that are characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, age or other diverse group of people, enabling the delivery of competent, congruent & compassionate care to all. At Sussex Pharmacy, we aim to introduce students to the concept and practice of Cultural Competency through service in the community, a necessary first step towards developing the dispositions required for a caring profession. In your first year you will receive first aid and homelessness awareness  training from St John Ambulance and have the option of either doing some voluntary work with them on a local homelessness project or you can choose to volunteer with Chailey Heritage Foundation, a charity who specialise in working with children with severe and complex disabilities.