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Training pre-registration pharmacists

Our work on training for pre-registration pharmacists starts with developing more appropriate systems of recruitment and selection, and leads onto enhanced workplace support for the tutor and pre-registration pharmacist. Throughout this work, we'll seek to ensure that these changes are transferable into different training formats.







Workplace-based support

We want to ensure that the future pharmacy workforce begin their professional journey supported by good practice from those guiding them through the process. 

Our work includes piloting and developing: 

  • Systems to record and share evidence
    • an e-portfolio
    • pharmacy competency panels, for pre-registration pharmacist  trainees
  • Systems to enhance the wider support available
    • tutor training (enhancing capability and capacity)
    • workplace based assessments

During 2016/17, pilots will be undertaken with small samples of trainees and tutors, to see if aspects of the system can be rolled out on a wider scale across pharmacy training.


Up to 200 trainees across hospital and community pharmacy are currently taking part in trials of an e-portfolio, as part of an initial, ‘discovery’ phase. The outcomes of this phase will help to inform whether the e-portfolio is adopted any wider, adoption, and what the e-portfolio should look. This system will support formative assessments, as outlined within General Pharmaceutical Council’s performance standards. The system will allow tutors to monitor a trainees’ progress and provide them with support when needed, and enable workplace programme leads to oversee trainees progress as a group.

Pharmacy competency panel

We will be looking at whether a single, consistent, panel based approach for reviewing pharmacist pre-registration trainees’ competencies should be introduced. To do this we are currently conducting a pilot, which draws on the current General Pharmaceutical Council’s framework and looks out how we gather wider support amongst tutors and trainees.

Improving access to tutor training

We are also looking at opportunities for how pharmacy workforce can better access tutor training. We are running seven local pilots to test the options, all using varied formats. Through a structured evaluation process, each training routes will be assessed on its relevance to pharmacists’ role in practice, and used to shape how pharmacy tutors access training going forward, ultimately enhancing tutors’ capacity and capability.

Workplace based assessments

Workplace Based Assessments, or supervised learning events, are increasingly being adopted across pharmacy practice, particularly for post graduate diploma. In the future, these may be used to underpin future pharmacist’s training, and as part of preregistration pharmacist training. We are looking at how these tools can be used with pre-registration pharmacist training.


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How we recruit pre-registration pharmacists into training should be consistent with other health care professionals across the NHS, and should ensure that they possess the values required to work within the NHS. 

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