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New guidance for preregistration tutors issued by GPhC

Tutors of preregistration trainees and technicians have been issued with new guidance by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The guidance, published yesterday (30 January 2014), is designed to help tutors provide appropriate support and supervision to trainees. It also provides examples of how to adhere to the “Standards of conduct, ethics and performance”, including only practising as a tutor if fit and competent to do so, and dealing with concerns raised about or by a trainee.

Duncan Rudkin, GPhC chief executive, said that the regulator is aware that preregistration training can be of variable quality, adding that the GPhC wants to help promote improvements in tutoring. The relationship trainees have with their tutor is one of the most important professional relationships of their career, he said.

The guidance also contains a new recommendation that employers of preregistration trainee technicians should appoint a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to be the trainees’ educational supervisor.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11133656

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