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Hospital preregistration trainees want more autonomy, study shows

Hospital preregistration trainees believe they have too littleresponsibility and lack autonomy, which is damaging their jobsatisfaction, according to the results of the latest study trackingtheir career development

Hospital preregistration trainees believe they have too little responsibility and lack autonomy, which is damaging their job satisfaction, according to the results of the latest study tracking their career development.

Some 25 per cent of preregistration trainees in all sectors complained that they do not receive enough feedback about their progress and more than a third said they were “overloaded”, with those in community pharmacy feeling the workload burden the most, it found.

The impact of workload in the early days of a pharmacy career has been highlighted by Karen Hassell, professor of social pharmacy and director of the centre for pharmacy workforce studies at the University of Manchester, from the latest report of the Longitudinal Cohort Study of Pharmacy Careers published by the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust on 5 December 2008.
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Workload in training is concerning

Professor Hassell said: “The fact that workload is already an issue, in what is effectively a training environment, is concerning.”  

The “Working lives of preregistration trainees” report, the third study to focus on the cohort of pharmacy students who graduated in 2006, reveals that, in general, their commitment to the job and the level of satisfaction in the workplace was high.

Female trainees were happier than their male colleagues about the hours worked and the variety of the roles they had, but dissatisfaction was greatest from ethnic minority preregistration trainees compared with their white colleagues, regardless of gender.     

Community trainees, however, complained more about lack of job satisfaction, pay, development opportunities and the lack of opportunities to use their clinical skills than their colleagues working in hospital pharmacy, the research revealed.  

“Those in the community were also more likely to feel that they did not have enough time to carry out their work,” the report says.  

More female preregistration trainees than males were keen to follow a career in secondary care although more ethnic minority males than white trainees were committed to a career in community pharmacy — following historic trends.

Early career mobility is limited

The study also confirmed that preregistration trainees were more likely to train in the region where they attended pharmacy school and that the sector chosen to train in matched their longer-term career targets. “This suggests little cross sector mobility during the earliest career stages,” says the report.

The results of the study come a week after another workforce report by Professor Hassell and her team concluded that male pharmacists, especially those aged under 29 years were more likely to consider leaving the profession than their female colleagues. Lack of money, lack of variety in their work and little recognition for their work efforts were identified as the main reasons behind thinking about quitting (PJ, 6 December 2008, p651).

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043364

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