Pre-registration training comprises of:
- Minimum of 52 weeks training if completed in full. A work based placement that takes place under the supervision of a pre-registration tutor
- Three progress reviews with your tutor should be conducted to show your competency
- Competency can be shown through achieving performance standards consistently
- Formal assessments by your tutor who rates your progress as satisfactory or unsatisfactory
The registration assessment (of which you only have three attempts to pass). It consists of two parts. Each of these is a separate paper, and you will sit them on the same day.
- The morning paper is made up of 40 calculation questions. The time time limit to complete this paper is 2 hours.
- The afternoon paper is made up of 120 "selected response" questions. Some of these will be "single best answer" questions, where you will need to select one answer from a list of five as the best answer to the question. There will also be "extended matching questions", where you will need to pick the best answer from from a list of 6 to 12 options for a number of scenarios (grouped by theme). The time limit to complete this paper is 2.5 hours.
Progress review & progress report
During your training your pre-reg tutor carries out 3 progress reviews. These will take place at 13, 26 & 39 weeks into your training year. At each of these you should have a formal meeting with your tutor. This is known as a progress review.
The progress review is an opportunity to discuss your progress with:
- performance standards
- assessment syllabus (Now the “framework”)
- calculation questions
Once agreed you and your tutor will complete a progress report, your tutor will rate your progress as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
At week 49 you will need to submit your registration application, including a final declaration signed off by your tutor. If your tutor is unsure that you are competent in all areas of practice, they will not submit this final declaration and you may have to complete extra training.
The performance standards are a list of 76 performance outcomes which demonstrate your competency as a pharmacist. They are separated into three sections that assess:
A. Personal effectiveness
B. Interpersonal skills
C. Medicines and health
- Each performance standard is a description of what the GPhC expects you to be able to do and how you should behave if you were to register as a pharmacist
- You must be able to demonstrate competence consistently across all 76 performance standards and record evidence of how you meet them
- Once your tutor feels you have reached the necessary level of competence for a particular performance standard they can sign you off as competent (for that performance standard)
Achieving all performance standards is just as important as passing the assessment.