Pre-reg pharmacists are understandably worried about their future careers. We’re really pleased that the GPhC have today announced that provisional registration of pre-reg pharmacists will begin in August. This brings welcome certainty to what happens next, even though we recognise much more detail is needed.
We’re glad that the GPhC have also agreed to our calls that time spent previously registered will:
• count towards the two years of practice needed to become an independent prescriber
• count towards any Foundation training that provisionally registered pharmacists may undertake.
RPS Director of Education and Professional Development Gail Fleming said:
“This letter from the GPhC is important as is the need to develop a model for both the assessment and provisional registration quickly. The proposal for structured support is welcomed. We believe this should be commensurate with our previous asks for Foundation training to have a named and trained preceptor, as well as development and regular review against the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework.
“We will be working with GPhC to develop these provisional registration proposals further and help support pre-reg pharmacists as well as possible during this very challenging situation.”