Message from the President: Optimising Pharmacy Workforce

During last year’s EAFP Annual Conference the theme of the conference focused  on sustainability with a broad context ranging from environmental aspects to workforce implications.

From a workforce perspective, in a number of European countries the pharmaceutical developments and needs are outnumbering the pharmaceutical workforce.  Recently, I contributed to a roundtable session on Pharmacy Workforce Shortages which was organised by the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Community Pharmacists (PGEU).  Considerations that were put forward by the different stakeholders present focused on how to make the pharmacy profession attractive for young people to join the education programmes, on how to increase pharmacists’ retention and improve sustainability.  It is recognised that pharmacy educators are addressing the competence needs of graduates to meet the transformation of the profession as a result of evolvements in the healthcare scenario.  Pharmacy education advancements include ensuring relevance of the teaching, preparing graduates for a futuristic professional context and embracing digital opportunities to facilitate the learning experience.

To expand on this dialogue, share good practices and network together, I look forward to see you in Bergen, Norway between the 14 and 16 May for the 2024 EAFP Annual Conference.  The theme of the conference is ’Optimizing Pharmacy Workforce: Relevance, Active and Lifelong Learning’.

 

Lilian M. Azzopardi

President, EAFP

University of Malta