An interesting issue has come to light. A pre-reg student has twice failed the exam. They found a pharmacy to provide them with 6 months work prior to the 3rd attempt. They moved pharmacy after 2 months and approached my PCT to authorise payment to the new pharmacy which is in our area.
The pre-reg funding only covers the 1 year placement, and consequently only covers the 1st and 2nd attempts at the exam.
The GPhC guidance on pre-reg training/exams states that if the student fails the 2nd exam then they should gain additional experience in a pharmacy for a further 6 months prior to attempting the exam for the 3rd and final time. The pharmacy doesn't have to pay them. The NHS doesn't fund them. It's up to the student to find their own placement.
If you work in a PCT, it would be worth checking whether you have paid any contractors in such circumstances. It would also be worth reminding your contractor payment organisations that contractors are not eligible for NHS funding in these circumstances.
Clinical Adviser (Medicines)
NHS East London and The City