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Special report

Pre-registration exams


With preparation well underway for the GPhC registration exam scheduled for 28 June 2018, we have put together all our relevant articles about the assessment, including tips for pre-registration trainees on how to tackle the calculations paper, general advice about exam preparation and what candidates can expect on the day.

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What to do when your preregistration trainee is unhappy with their training Subscription

27 JAN 2020By ,

When a preregistration trainee is dissatisfied with their placement, it is important that their employer tries to address the underlying issues.

What pharmacy preregistration trainees should consider before switching placements

Consider these six factors before switching pharmacy preregistration training sitesSubscription

20 JAN 2020By ,

Pharmacy preregistration trainees may wish to move placements, but the decision to switch should not be made lightly.

The six qualities all excellent pre-registration tutors have

The six qualities all excellent preregistration tutors should have Subscription

23 DEC 2019By

Whether new or experienced, there are qualities all excellent preregistration tutors should possess.

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Oriel situational judgement test: what pharmacy students need to know Subscription

2 OCT 2019By , ,

The Oriel situational judgement test is designed to determine what action you would take when presented with certain scenarios while working as a preregistration pharmacist. Here is what you need to consider before and during this assessment.

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Oriel numeracy test: what pharmacy students need to know Subscription

2 OCT 2019By , ,

The Oriel numeracy test is designed to examine your ability to solve practice-based calculations. Here is what you need to consider before and during this assessment.

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How to succeed in the Oriel multiple mini interviewsSubscription

4 SEP 2019By , ,

There are several things to consider when preparing for your multiple mini interviews. Here is a guide to help you prepare.

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Six things to look for in a pharmacy preregistration placementSubscription

5 AUG 2019By ,

Preferencing the right training providers in Oriel will be one of the most important decisions for a future trainee to make. Here is what students should consider before making that choice.

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How to handle online criticism

25 JUN 2019By

Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice on the receiving negative comments on social media.

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Nine essential resources for preregistration trainees

3 DEC 2018By ,

Resources preregistration trainee pharmacists should be aware of and know how to use.

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What to consider before selecting a preregistration placement

26 JUL 2018By ,

National recruitment to preregistration placements in England and Wales has been conducted through a computerised recruitment tool called ‘Oriel’ for the second consecutive year.

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How to ace pharmacy calculations

18 JUN 2018By ,

Newly qualified pharmacists Abida Begum and Urvasi Patel share their eight tips for tackling the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

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Supporting the supporterSubscription

27 NOV 2017By

With ever increasing stressors placed on the healthcare sector, it is important that pharmacy professionals are able to look after their own health and wellbeing. But who can pharmacy professionals turn to when they are the ones in need of support? 

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Top ten most popular opinion articles of 2019

20 DEC 2019By

The Pharmaceutical Journal wasn’t short of strong views this year — whether it was a criticism of clinical guidance or a defence of the pharmacy profession. Here are the opinions that resonated most with you in 2019.

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Top five Careers and Tomorrow's Pharmacist articles of 2019

19 DEC 2019By

Another year may have flown by, but that does not mean pharmacy professionals have not been investing time to lay important foundations for a thriving career.

How the Black Pharmacists Collective will close the MPharm attainment gap

How the Black Pharmacists Collective will close the MPharm attainment gap

11 DEC 2019By

Black pharmacy students at the University of Manchester have created an organisation to tackle the growing gap in preregistration assessment pass rates between black students and their peers.

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My pharmacy preregistration training provider wasn't up to scratch

10 OCT 2019By

Newly registered locum pharmacist Diba Keyhanfar moved training sites a number of times during her preregistration training.

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Your pharmacy calculations prep guide

6 JUN 2019By

Babir Malik’s top tips for approaching the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

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How to get through the preregistration year

28 MAR 2019By

Newly registered pharmacist, Marina Dinithi Goonatilaka, shares her three tips on how to get through the preregistration training year.

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We are already rethinking our training plans because of short-sighted cuts to preregistration funding

19 FEB 2019By

With nonsensical changes to preregistration pharmacist funding, we will struggle to train enough pharmacists to fill expanded roles of today, let alone of the future.

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Supporting black pharmacy students: how can we improve?

12 SEP 2018By

Mahendra Patel urges the pharmacy profession to do more for BAME students.

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Overcoming an early career setback

16 AUG 2018By

Aamer Safdar describes the preregistration experience which defined the rest of his career

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Scorched Earth: after the medicines disappeared

11 JUL 2018By

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Preparing for the GPhC registration assessment

7 JUN 2018By

Education, training and development pharmacist Aamer Safdar shares sage advice for pre-regs worrying about the registration assessment.

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Theory to practice: reflecting on the jump from pharmacy student to preregistration pharmacist

5 DEC 2017By

Pre-reg pharmacist Gemma Thomas uses her experiences to explain why spending time across the pharmacy sectors is so important to development.

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Making the most out of your preregistration year: A hospital trainee’s thoughts

24 OCT 2017By

Recently registered pharmacist Sean Quay shares insight into his year as a hospital preregistration trainee.

Tina Chung (left) and Kwok Bun To are two of the first batch of students to complete the fully accredited five-year integrated Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree

Merging theory with practice: the five-year integrated Master of Pharmacy degree

11 OCT 2017By

Tina Chung and Kwok Bun To describe their experience of being one of the first students to graduate from the University of Nottingham’s integrated Master of Pharmacy degree.

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In hindsight: reflections on the GPhC preregistration assessment

18 SEP 2017By

Newly registered pharmacist Sean Quay reflects on his experience of this year’s General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) preregistration assessment.