Hundreds of students have complained about the June 2018 General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) preregistration assessment, describing it as “complex”, “wordy”, “ambiguous” and “misleading”, according to a report from the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association.
The pass rate for the registration assessment in September 2017 is more than 17 percentage points higher than last autumn, according to results released by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Newly registered pharmacist Sean Quay reflects on his experience of this year’s General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) preregistration assessment.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has offered its support to preregistration pharmacists who are struggling to come to terms with their results following the September 2016 registration assessment.
Just 40.8% of trainee pharmacists who sat the registration assessment in September 2016 passed, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed in figures published on 28 October 2016.
At least 14 training providers recorded a 100% pass rate for their preregistration pharmacist trainees who took the registration assessment for the first time in June 2016, according to data published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
The pass rate for candidates who took the revamped registration assessment for new pharmacists in June 2016 is the highest it’s been for four years, the General Pharmaceutical Council has revealed.
An investigation into why Black-African trainee pharmacists perform less well in the registration assessments has been carried out by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the results suggest they could be more likely to struggle because many are also mature or overseas students.
Nadia Bukhari and Harsha Parmar provide tips for preregistration trainees sitting the registration assessment in its new format.
The pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the rising spectre of centralised dispensing in the community. The Pharmaceutical Journal presents ten developments that affected pharmacists in 2015.
Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.
Preregistration tutors must take their responsibility to trainees seriously and provide a supportive learning environment.
The percentage of pharmacist trainees who passed the registration assessment in September 2015 was 64% — three percentage points higher than the September 2014 pass rate.
Introducing accreditation for tutors and innovative teaching methods will help improve registration pass ratesSubscription
The way preregistration trainees are taught must be changed in order to improve pass rates and preparation for practice.
The professional regulator for pharmacists has published the individual candidate results of graduates who sat the June 2015 registration assessment on its website.
What’s been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month.
Guide to new registration assessmentSubscription
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published a guide to the new registration assessment, which candidates will sit for the first time in 2016. The guide contains information about the format of the assessment and details about the registration assessment framework. It is available ...
Disparity between pass rates for community and hospital trainees is cause for concern, says pharmacy regulatorSubscription
The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator.
Exam failures help control pharmacist numbersSubscription
The news story on research that correlated lower entry standards and registration assessment failure rates (The Pharmaceutical Journal
GPhC publishes exam questions for the first timeSubscription
Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released for the first time by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s independent board of assessors.
Students trained at schools with lower entry standards more likely to fail GPhC registration examSubscription
Pharmacy students that join university courses with lower A-level requirements or through ‘clearing’ are more likely to fail the General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment at their first sitting.
Is the registration exam failing trainees?Subscription
A cursory examination of pass rates of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration assessment reveals an astonishing level of variation, from a high of 94.5% in 2012 to an all-time low this year of 74.0%. Overall pass rates as published by the GPhC are as follows: 2011: 85.5% 2012: 94.5% 2013: 78.0% 2014: 85.3% 2015: 74.0%
A more clinically oriented registration assessment may disadvantage preregistration trainees in the community, who make up the largest sector.
The Pharmacy Schools Council is concerned about the news item which appears to declare the “failure” of the current MPharm degree in educating pharmacists for future roles (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:677). ...
Calculation exam could be done at universitySubscription
I agree with the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) view that the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration assessment does not reflect current practice. To reduce some pressure, perhaps pharmacy students could sit the calculation exam while at university. The passing of this exam would ...
A total of 2,077 pre-registration trainee pharmacists out of 2,811 passed their June 2015 registration assessment, a pass rate of 74%, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced.
The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association has called for changes to be made in how future pharmacists are assessed, after trainees and tutors complained about the June 2015 registration assessment.
In 2016, pre-registration trainees will sit the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) registration assessment in a new format. Johanne Barry, who writes assessment questions for the GPhC, explains how tutors can make sure their trainees are ready.
Equipping future pharmacists with resourcesSubscription
Like many pharmacists I found the variation in registration assessment pass rates between institutions interesting, especially in terms of year-on-year variations within institutions. Claire Anderson (The Pharmaceutical Journal
As a part-time teacher at various schools of pharmacy and a past pre-registration tutor, I was intrigued to read the registration assessment results from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:546). However, the ...
‘Registration exam questions IV’, edited by Nadia Bukhari.
Pass rates for the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration assessment vary widely across UK schools of pharmacy, and the gap has widened over the past four years.
Although no one sets out to fail their exams, some students may find themselves in that position. Michael Champion, secretary of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how to cope if you do.
Following reports of dissatisfaction with pre-registration training, Claire Anderson, English Pharmacy Board member, and Tom Gray, head of professional and clinical leadership at the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy, ask whether the programme is fit for purpose.
The registration exam is set for an overhaul in 2016. Emma Page lays out the main changes.
Changes to the pre-registration assessment will ensure trainees can apply their knowledge in practice using a wide range of resources.
Look sharp! How to dress so you look professional, presentable and approachable in a pharmacySubscription
Do you need to wear a white coat to be taken seriously? Sasa Jankovic finds out that it is attitude more than appearance that influences customers’ perceptions of you.
How to write a successful pharmacy CVSubscription
Pharmacy recruitment specialist from Your World Healthcare Sean Brown shares the secrets to compiling a CV that will give you the best chance of getting an interview and securing a job.
The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced plans to make the assessment papers that pre-registration pharmacists take to qualify more clinical in focus.
Nadia Bukhari, chairwoman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration panel, and panel member Oksana Pyzik, both from UCL School of Pharmacy, describe the support that trainees can access through RPS events.
In need of some last-minute advice for your registration assessment? Look no further…
The professional registration exam may be rescheduled next year to allow Muslim students to observe Ramadan.
Helen Caley was interviewed for her hospital preregistration placement this time last year. Here, she shares her tips and advice.
Well done — you have secured a preregistration interview in a hospital. How are you going to make that all-important first impression and secure a job offer? Gill Shelton and colleagues offer an insight into the interview process and the characteristics that the recruiter will be looking for.
The pharmacy student pass rate for the summer registration exam has risen from 77.8% in 2013 to 85.3% in 2014.
How can you get through the registration assessment unscathed? This article covers advice and revision tips from current tutors, as well as views from two current preregistration trainees.
This September’s registration assessment saw 69.2 per cent of the 760 preregistration candidates passing the examination, the General Pharmaceutical Council announced today (25 October 2013). This compares with a pass rate of 58.2 per cent in September 2012.
Are you thinking of applying for a summer placement in hospital? Here are some tips to keep you ahead of the game
Preregistration trainees Christine Wassef and Talitha Orlandi give you a guide about a hospital preregistration post and provide tips to help you progress smoothly through your training
Amita Aggarwal spent a month completing a summer placement at Barts Health NHS Trust, London. Here she describes her experience and what she has learnt