Blog - Recruitment for GB trainees starting in Summer 2014

July 25, 2013
We know that Summer 2014 seems a long way off at the moment, especially as this Summer isn't over yet (we hope)! Recruitment for trainees starting the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Pre-registration Scheme has already started and careers fairs are long gone. Many larger organisations are already in the process of shortlisting applicants and recruiting them to ensure that they get the best trainees and that the undergraduates focus back on the final year of their Masters of Pharmacy degree instead of worrying whether they have a training place organised. 

The starting date of the training year is critical to both employer and trainee alike as this can have repercussions on when trainees are eligible for registration and may be able to start work as a pharmacist (and so earn money). The training year is, exactly that, 52 weeks of training within which holidays may be taken. The training year cannot be reduced as you would like holidays saved up and taken off at the end of the year. This means that the start date is very important.

Although undergraduates may start training at any point from the beginning of July, most choose not to do this as they cannot register until after they pass the GPhC Summer registration assessment, the results of which are posted at the end of July. Since the GPhC then only registers applicants on the 1st or 15th day of any given month, then this also impacts potential registration dates with the earliest date for registration being 1st August in any given year. Organisations and trainees often therefore opt to start training at the beginning of August meaning that there is no gap between completing the year and registering. If trainees start on the Monday 4th  August 2014, the earliest they can register will be 15th August 2015 as they would not have done 52 weeks to make the 1st August 2015 registration date. 

If you're recruiting a trainee or looking at potential start dates then note that the first potential registration date in 2015 is 1st August 2015 and this is a Saturday. Registration will still happen on this date, but there is no office support at the GPhC on Saturdays should there be some issue and the trainee's name does not appear on the electronic register

The GPhC therefore would advise you to consider making the start date Friday 1st August 2014 or if possible just before if you want them to register on 1st August 2015. This is good advice as it's important that there is sufficient time to help support you through any issues that may arise (although we hope there won't be any)!

Blog - The End of the Year 2013

June 24, 2013

Good luck on Friday!
Time has flown and another cohort of trainees sit the Registration Assessment on Friday 28th June.
Results will be out on 26th July.
The first registration date for those who have completed 52 weeks of training and met all the GPhC requirements will be 1st August.

There has been a change of focus for the Assessment this year with more clinical scenario based questions and a higher proportion of questions involving paediatric patients.
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Blog – How to be a pharmacist in the UK

September 27, 2012

Do you want to be a pharmacist in the UK?

Can you:
1. Make patients your first concern 
2. Use your professional judgement in the interests of patients and the public 
3. Show respect for others 
4. Encourage patients and the public to participate in decisions about their care 
5. Develop your professional knowledge and competence 
6. Be honest and trustworthy 
7. Take responsibility for your working practices?1

Then you could be a pharmacist in the UK.  Or, if you are already on the General Pharmaceu...

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Changes in Pre-registration – See the New General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Manual

July 17, 2012
The new GPhC Pre-Registration Manual was published yesterday! It's worth a read for all pre-registration trainees, pre-registration tutors and training providers alike. You can find a copy at: The manual covers all of the essential information about the requirements set out by the regulator, the GPhC. There are some changes from the 2011/12 training year and these are as follows:

1.  The GPhC have provided more information about extenuating circu...

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Changes in Pre-registration - see the GPhC Spring Bulle+in

April 11, 2012
The new GPhC Pre-Reg Spring Bulle+tin is out today! It's worth a read for all pre-registration trainees, pre-registration tutors and training providers alike. You can find a copy at: The bulletin contains the following information:

  • Approval of training, including a training plan checklist
  • How to apply for the registration assessment
  • Reference sources for the exam
  • Reminders about the registration assessmen...

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GPhC’s draft premises standards and pre-registration training

February 7, 2012
At their January Council meeting, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) discussed draft premises standards with the intention that they go out to consultation shortly. This Blog looks at the potential impact of these standards on pre-registration training. These standards can be found at:

We had hoped that this document may have had something to say...

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Pharmacy Professionalism

February 7, 2012

To date there is no agreed definition of what pharmacy professionalism is and this has not been discussed by the profession. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (the professional body for Pharmacy) is now on a journey to address this. A recent meeting held at Lambeth involving all avenues of pharmacy (from grass-roots practitioners to companies/organisations, to regulators and government) started to address this, beginning a two-way conversation about professionalism and a no blame culture set w...

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