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Pharmacy students should be able to trust the Oriel process


How the article describes Oriel as ‘not a resounding success’ based on the 2017 stats beggars belief. The situation can only be described as appalling. The fill rate in subsequent years has been better but the article does not provide any stats on the student experience rating for these years. The fact that universities are asking students to rank up to 100 potential employers seems to be a particularly onerous exercise with little benefit to be gained from so doing. There appears to be no information available to enable one to understand clearly, the reasons why so many pre-registration students changed sites during their training year (389 in 2016 and 412 in 2017). This is a serious gap that must be filled. This article is all about the student experience, so one does not get any idea about the experiences of employers taking on pre-reg students. It is not unreasonable to expect that employers must also have a range of experiences with pre-reg students and this could easily include bad or very bad experiences. What happens in these instances? Are there mechanisms in place whereby the employer can terminate the pre-reg training? Ultimately, no matter how comprehensive the transparency about prospective employers provided through Oriel is, prospective employers and employees must have at least one, but ideally more than one opportunity to meet face to face prior to the commencement of a pre-reg placement. This is perhaps the most important step that could allow both parties to establish whether they are potentially suitable for one another and having done so, set expectations from the outset for the pre-reg year. In summary, this entire process must change in order to significantly improve the pre-reg experience for both pre-reg students and employers.

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26 OCT 2019

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