Posted by: Hiran Prag1 NOV 2013
In all honesty, when it came to the first day of my pre-registration year, I was not entirely sure what I had signed up for. I knew that I had made the right choice of pre-reg for me, however what did I need to actually do to pass this year? In hindsight, doing a little bit more research into the pre-registration year may have put an end to my worries and questions. For those who have secured a pre-reg place, or will be soon submitting applications, I would suggest taking a read of the pre-registration manual.
The pre-registration manual covers the learning objectives of the year and exam as well as the performance standards against which your competency will be assessed. Currently, there are 76 (split into three sections: A, B and C) performance standards which need to be demonstrated fully within the year to be deemed a competent pharmacist.
It is your pre-reg tutor who will ultimately be responsible for ‘signing you off’ and giving their seal of approval to be unleashed as a pharmacist.
After reading the pre-reg manual, I must admit, I felt rather nervous about attaining the performance standards especially due to the industry/hospital split nature of the pre-reg I am taking. My nervousness however did not last long, as reassurance from my pre-reg tutor as well as a training day by the London Pharmacy Education and Training (LPET) team outlined the requirements clearly.
After working for a number of weeks now, I have surprisingly found myself in many situations which are covered in the performance standards. The ease at which I am able to produce strong evidence has definitely been a very positive experience as many (including myself) would question how this could be achieved in industry. In reality, there is the ability to achieve the standards of sections A and B, within the 6 months in industry, due to the nature of these and what they entail.
For those out there who are seriously considering an industrial/hospital split pre-reg, I would say that achieving performance standards within the industrial setting is not as difficult as first thought. I would however advise reading the pre-reg manual as early as possible, being familiar with the standards and planning how, where and with who they can be achieved. As a general rule, 5 pieces of evidence are needed to be deemed competent at a standard, this may sound like a lot, however is definitely achievable… so write up evidence as soon as possible!