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Pharmacists’ registration exam set to become more clinical in 2016


I will be apart of the 2017 cohort, so I will have first hand experience of this 'new' exam. I agree with the comment stating, "The scope of pharmacy practice and its role in healthcare have changed very significantly ". Yes the exam should reflect current pharmacy practice. Pharmacy practice is more clinical now and it is great that the GPhC have recognised this. However not being able to bring your BNF to the exam is ludicrous. How many pharmacist's out there use there BNF on a daily basis to double check clinical information. “The more that the exam reflects true practice and the ability to put knowledge into practice then the better the outcome for the patient...". Pharmacist's utilise the BNF and other resources in practice, thus it is not reflecting true practice. Furthermore, "It’s the reasoning that we want to determine". If this is the case, in context of clinical reasoning, why don't the GPhC set competency based exams (e.g OSCEs) during the pre-reg to fully test the clinical reasoning behind the pharmacist and not just an MCQ test. Pharmacist's undergo 5 years of training and the determining point of registration are MCQ exams. It's insulting to say the least. The GPhC should not just change the content of the MCQs, they should change the entire assessment. Thanks, Craig (3rd Year Pharmacy Student)

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17 DEC 2014

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