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Preregistration pharmacist trainee dissatisfaction widens, report finds

The gap is widening between preregistration pharmacist trainees who are satisfied with their preregistration training and those who are not, according to a report published for the General Pharmaceutical Council on 26 January 2017.

According to the report, which compared the level of satisfaction with preregistration pharmacy training in 2012–2013 with satisfaction levels from 2013–2014, the difference of opinion between those who had a positive training experience and those who did not has widened across 22 different indicators. Around 829 trainees completed the survey in 2014.

The biggest increase occurred when trainees were asked about their level of involvement in professional development targets: the report concludes that the difference between those who were ‘satisfied’ with their targets and those who were ‘unsatisfied’ with their training in 2012–2013 was 42%, but that figure rose by 13 percentage points to 55% in 2013–2014.

The report also confirmed trends identified in the 2012–2013 survey, which showed that trainees aged over 30 and those of Asian origin were most likely to be dissatisfied with their pharmacy training compared with other age or ethnic groups.

The GPhC has also released the results of two surveys which focus on the views of preregistration pharmacist tutors and pre-registration pharmacy technician who completed their training in 2014–2015.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20202280

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