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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. This will be introduced in a future foundation training year, with the 2021/22 interim learning outcomes being used before reaching this point.

This website provides a central point of reference for our activities in relation to the England-wide programme of reform for the initial education and training of pharmacists. 

You can find out more about the Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme here.

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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