There has been a 60% jump in the number of pharmacy graduates taking up preregistration placements in Wales for the year 2020/2021, the government has said.
Data published by Healthcare Education and Improvement Wales on 2 January 2020 revealed an increase in preregistration pharmacists from 96 in 2019/2020 to 155 in 2020/2021.
The latest recruitment figures come after Wales launched its #TrainWorkLive campaign in April 2019, aimed at pharmacists and pharmacy graduates, to showcase the benefits of remaining in — or relocating to — Wales.
HEIW said the campaign had helped recruit more preregistration pharmacists, with 97% of the 160 places available through Oriel filled across health boards throughout Wales.
Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board, said the uptake was “unprecedented”.
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