Cross-national comparison of the clinical pharmacy workforce and service organisation in the UK and China

Activity: Internal positions, career professional development and otherOtherResearch


This pioneering project is the first research initiative of the Chinese Pharmacy Capacity Building (CPCB) programme, a recently established collaborative partnership between the University of Manchester, Peking University and Peking University Third Hospital. The CPCB programme links with the University of Manchester’s 2020 strategic plan, namely Goal 3: social responsibility and Strategy 5: an international institution. Since the launch of the public health initiative “Healthy China 2030” in 2016 - driven by patient demand for high quality care and changes to healthcare reimbursement - Chinese pharmacists are facing professional re-skilling. However, the value of the clinical pharmacy workforce in hospitals is critically challenged due to deep budget cuts and financial constraints in the Chinese healthcare system. Similarly in the UK, pharmacists are increasingly moving into new roles and working within new models of care as part of the NHS workforce transformation agenda. Some evaluation frameworks have been established in the UK to support evidence-based policy making and develop a sustainable pharmacist workforce. These frameworks may be able to facilitate the development of the clinical pharmacist workforce in China.

A key aim of the CPCB programme is to identify lessons from the development of the UK clinical pharmacy workforce and to develop a future research strategy and evaluation framework for investigating the emerging clinical pharmacist workforce in China. This project will scope and compare hospital pharmacy workforce and service models in both China and the UK. The objectives are to:
1) Identify (a) the system factors influencing pharmacy workforce development and (b) hospital pharmacy service organisation and delivery models in the UK and China
2) Compare UK and Chinese hospital pharmacists’ responsibilities and routine task activities
3) Develop, in collaboration with key stakeholders, a research strategy for future work in the area

The project is funded by the Health Service Research Centre Seedcorn Fund (£6,998) from the Manchester Alliance Business School. The team members include: Yu-Chia Ko, Fay Bradley, Sarah Willis, Li-Chia Chen.
Period1 Aug 201831 Dec 2018