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Pre-registration pharmacist training in General Practice

Exciting opportunity to gain significant learning experience in General Practice during your Pre-Registration year. Recruitment through Oriel will open spring/summer 2021.    

Places will be available across England offering a significant learning experience in general practice for training commencing in 2022. On these programmes, you will spend between three and six months in general practice, in conjunction with hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration training. Recruitment will be via the National Recruitment Scheme Oriel.  Applications will open Spring / Summer 2021.  

If you would like more information on places in your local area please email gppreregpharm@hee.nhs.uk and a local facilitator will be in touch. 

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Pre-registration pharmacist training in general practice - hear from Emma, Ellie and Hannah

Ellie Heron, GP pre-registration trainee, Torbay

“It is definitely one of those places where you get out what you put in, so if you put the effort in and you are enthusiastic and willing to learning it would definitely suit you … It is very different to hospital or community... I found it was a really good environment for testing your clinical knowledge and clinical judgment but in an environment where I was working so closely with the other pharmacists it was always really easy to ask for help if I needed it.”

What are the benefits of training in general practice?

The opportunity to develop a broader skillset, work as part of a multidisciplinary team, and receive the support of a wide range of practitioners. You will also have access to an e-Portfolio to support your learning.

The opportunity to develop a broader skillset

  • Training in more than one sector allows you to develop a broader range of knowledge and skills through the different experiences offered in each sector.
  • The training is designed to prepare you for the registration assessment but also to develop the core skills required of pharmacists both now and in the future.
  • Develop and practice clinical and physical assessment techniques and gain strong consultation skills.
  • Experience the management of both acute and chronic conditions and see first-hand the role pharmacists have in delivering healthcare in general practice.

Hear what the first cohort of our pre-registration trainees thought of the split GP placements and how their experiences have influenced their career pathways.

Pre-registration pharmacist training in general practice - hear from first cohort

Ellie Heron, GP pre-registration trainee, Torbay

“I would recommend it to anyone going through the ORIEL process... I think it is such a fantastic learning opportunity and an opportunity you might not get once you are in your foundation or community job... I had a really good time. I think it is so interesting, I think you get really good patient contact but also so much clinical time... I definitely want to go back”

Developing an understanding of a growing sector of practice

Saran qualified a few years ago and is now a pre-registration tutor for trainees in general practice. Find out how her experience of training in a GP surgery helped her build her knowledge, prepared her for exams and has impacted her long term career.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition to have a large workforce of pharmacy professionals working alongside the multidisciplinary team in general practice as part of the emerging primary care networks. Undertaking a significant portion of your pre-registration training in general practice will help you to understand these developments as well as increasing your knowledge, skills and competence in this area of practice. These placements will make you better placed to work in general practice as part of your future career.

Ellie Heron, GP pre-registration trainee, Torbay

“It’s a really good opportunity to see what [general practice] is about and see if it’s anything you would be interested in...  It’s really good for learning what needs to go in [discharge letters and TTOs] and what is helpful from the GP side.”

Being better prepared for practice as a pharmacist in all sectors

We speak to pre-registration trainee pharmacists Ellie Hunter, Hamzah Farooq and Joshua Brocklebank about their experience doing pre-registration pharmacist training in general practice and how this helped with their performance standards.

  • Irrespective of your career aspirations, you will have to understand how people are managed and supported in general practice. By learning how healthcare is delivered in general practice you will be better able to support patients in any other sector you work in. You will be better able to support patients when they transition care settings as well understanding how to work with the wider multi-disciplinary team to deliver the best outcomes for your patients.
  • The skills you can develop will also help you in delivering care, including your ability to deal with low and medium acuity conditions and manage them autonomously.
  • Learning and applying clinical and physical assessment skills will also better prepare you to undertake an independent prescribing qualification later in your career.

Ellie Heron, GP pre-registration trainee, Torbay

“It is really nice to see what happens to patients when they go home and how their care gets followed up. I thought that complements the hospital training really well because if the patients ask me then I will know exactly what happens upon discharge. I think that helps the patients realise that you know what you are talking about. I was constantly working with other healthcare professionals I was working with other pharmacists, nurses and GPs so all the competencies around referring to different people and assisting different people you get as well.”

What support is available?

All GP practices selected to be a part of this programme have a pharmacist working in a patient-facing role. All trainees will therefore have a tutor based in the general practice as well as a tutor based in the employing sector.

Additional support will also be available from the Health Education England pharmacy GP team for tutors and trainees who are taking part in this programme.

This support includes:

  • An engagement event with the tutors to form relationships and plans before the trainees commence their training.
  • An induction event for trainees and tutors to discuss expectations, outcomes of the training and the framework for the placements amongst other subjects.
  • A detailed handbook which includes inductions, expectations, assessments and e-portfolio information.
  • Site visits from your regional facilitator.

Ellie Heron, GP pre-registration trainee, Torbay

“It was really nice to have someone visiting who wasn’t part of the trust or part of my immediate training because she was just there to see how I was getting along with it and if I had any concerns or questions … She made it very clear that if anything was concerning me I would be able to contact her about it... Although you are technically more alone because I was the only pre-registration there, I didn’t really feel like it, it was a really nice supportive network”

All the training places in this programme will be recruited via Oriel national recruitment. When added to Oriel all the places will have the prefix HEEGP.

You can also filter by the employer type, either hospital or community pharmacy (primary care), as well as region and location.

When you click “view details” for any programme you will be able to see more details on the number and type of placements available.

Oriel preferencing is open from 29th July to 30th October 2020. See the Oriel pharmacy webpage for more details.

Also find information on the HEE website.

The structure of your training year is decided in partnership between the general practice and the employing pharmacy. It is dependent on several factors including the working pattern of the pharmacist in general practice, the duration of the placement and the number of trainees undertaking the placements. The placements in general practice may be a single block or multiple blocks, or the working week might be divided between the different sectors of practice.

All placements are designed to maximise your opportunity in general practice and to give you the appropriate required supervision.

The programme started as a pilot for pre-registration pharmacist training in general practice in 2019, with the first cohort beginning their placements in July/August 2019. Trainees recruited on the programme spent three to six months of structured training experience in general practice in conjunction with a hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration programme.

Over 100 trainees were recruited across England in 2019/20.

Significant work has also taken place to support the host sites in the development of their placements, including the development of an education framework.

A second year of the programme was agreed to commence in Summer 2020. Expressions of interest for sites were sought in early 2019 and over 200 placements agreed which were recruited to as part of the Oriel national recruitment system.

Expressions were sought in January 2020 from employers wishing to host a trainee in 2021. Over 500 places will be available for trainees commencing their pre-registration year in 2021. You can find more information for employers on the HEE website or contact gppreregpharm@hee.nhs.uk.

If you want more information you can email gppreregpharm@hee.nhs.uk.

What Next?

Go to the Oriel website to find programmes that include a general practice placement. If you want more information about a specific programme contact the employer.

What next?

Go to the Oriel website to find programmes that include a general practice placement. If you want more information about a specific programme contact the employer.