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Initial education and training of pharmacists - reform programme

In January 2021, the GPhC published the revised Standards for the Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists.

This is an exciting moment for the profession, as it provides a set of new learning outcomes that: 

  • Span the whole 5-year initial training period (MPharm degree and the Foundation Training Year) and can link to a continuum of development into post-registration.  
  • Provide newly qualified pharmacists with the necessary consultation skills and confidence to provide the clinical services expected by patients and the NHS, working across health systems. 
  • Will enable pharmacists to be independent prescribers at the point of registration. By 2026, the aim is for all newly registered pharmacists to be able to independently prescribe medicines. We are aiming to introduce this at an earlier opportunity and timelines are currently being developed.

Current activities 

  • Pilot-testing clinical placement models for undergraduate training programmes (MPharm).
  • Delivering the Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme in 2021-22 – Developing resources to support trainee pharmacists as they transition from undergraduate study into pre-registration training.
  • Developing the Newly Qualified Pharmacist pathway from 2021/22 – A development pathway for pharmacists in their first year of practice. This pathway responds to the need for a consistently skilled workforce until the IET reforms are fully implemented. Training is designed to integrate with work commitments, complementing existing workplace and postgraduate learning.
  • Working with NHS England & NHS Improvement to develop the Pharmacy Integration Programme.

Please read our statement on the revised standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists at the bottom of this page.  

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