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Pre-Reg Fun

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So much has happened over the past two weeks. The start of my pre-registration year was fun. Not only did I anxiously have to start a new job, but I had to move home as well.  I wouldn’t advise anyone to move home and start work in the same week, but I couldn’t help myself. Luckily the first week of pre-reg was quite relaxed. It was a structured week with introductions to the variety of services pharmacy offers to the hospital. The week included ward visits, production unit talks and discussions regarding the pre-reg year.


I’m quite settled with work. The pharmacy has a nice ethos within it and everyone seems very friendly. The only thing that does trouble me is the pre-reg competencies and evidence. I have only recently learnt that the GPhC are not sending the pre-reg packs out this year and everything is available online. Being a bit of a techno-geek, this suits me quite well. But it is a bit of a pain for some of the other pre-regs and it’s always nice to annotate a paper copy.


Having flicked through the competencies, I find some of them slightly odd.including ‘B1.1 Communicate effectively* in English’ and ‘B1.8 Behave in a manner which instills confidence’.  Communicating in English is something you have to do everyday regardless of work. It is a bit bizarre that you must be signed off on this after doing four years at university. I suppose behaving in a manner which instills confidence is about following ethics, which does make sense but seems like a funny competency to have. Basically I think the whole of B1 could be signed off after a week at work, it’s just proving you actually can communicate effectively that is the problem because it’s so second nature. I think I need to reflect on these competencies a bit more to find out exactly, what we have to do.


At the start of my third week, I’ve already decided to arrange some clinical power point presentations so that we can provide feedback for each other and sign another competency. I think I may be being a little over keen, but I’m in the mind set of having most of these competencies signed as soon as I possibly can.


I only wish I was a little more nervous. It may seem like an odd thing to ask for but I think I’m slightly over confident regarding my abilities at the minute. Maybe the ward visits this week will put the ‘fear of pharmacy’ back into me when I find out I don’t have truly have a clue! Ha.

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