Simon Tweddell, BPharm, MPharmS, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Currciulum Development Fellow
Centre for Educational Development
University of Bradford
Discipline: Pharmacy, Medical Education and Faculty development
I am a UK Senior Lecturer and Curriculum Development Fellow based in the University of Bradford’s Centre for Educational Development. In 2011, I project managed the development of a new integrated pharmacy curriculum. Designed using sound educational theory this employer-informed curriculum aims to develop the transformational learning needed for employment as a pharmacist in the 21st Century. To deliver the programme, we sought a learning and teaching strategy that motivated our students both to prepare for and attend class, and once there engage them in active, student-centred learning. Team-Based Learning (TBL) addressed these needs whilst also developing the transferable skills necessary for the workplace and to enhance their employability skills. Pharmacists in practice need to develop the skills to communicate, collaborate, problem-solve, teach and manage their own learning; skills that are developed during their 4-years studying a curriculum delivered predominantly by TBL. I have led the development and mentorship of our academic faculty staff so they have the skills to deliver TBL effectively and have more recently delivered academic staff development workshops in TBL at other HEIs. I have found facilitating learning using TBL a rewarding, fun and enjoyable experience. Students come to class prepared, ready to apply their new knowledge to solve authentic, challenging and real-world problems that develop their team-working and critical thinking skills. My aim is to disseminate the benefits of TBL and share our learning from using it across our curriculum to a wider UK audience.