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More than 400 preregistration trainees switch placements each year


I did my pre-reg in 2005/2006 mainly in community pharmacy but I was fortunate to have a tutor who was clinically inclined like me. We had regular discussions, I went on to complete a master's degree in clinical pharmacy and qualified as an independent prescriber while still working in community pharmacy. Today, I've completed various clinical, diagnostic and physical examination courses and in my fourth year working in General Practice. I'm currently advanced clinical practitioner and quite frankly there is very little difference between the patients I see and what my colleague GPs see. I'm still learning everyday - - planned and unplanned. I believe strongly that the community pharmacy placement site you work in and especially the tutor you work with as a young graduate can have a huge effect positively or negatively on your career. I think GPhC should not only look into the universities with poor pass rates but also into the tutors and placement sites. I have been tutored along the way to get to this level of clinical practice and even as an experienced professional I noted the impact of good or poor tutoring/support. If Pre-regs are recruited to get "free" extra pairs of hands for the workload without properly support and guidance in place at the placement sites, things can go sadly wrong for even the brightest young graduate.

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26 OCT 2019

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