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Pre-registration pharmacists

How we recruit pre-registration pharmacists into training should be consistent with other health care professionals across the NHS, and should ensure that they possess the values required to work within the NHS. 


Pre-registration pharmacists are individuals enrolled on a General Pharmaceutical Council pre-registration pharmacist scheme; professional training required after graduation.  This 52 week programme involves being signed off as fit to practice by a pre-registration pharmacy tutor and successful passing a registration assessment.

Our current work in this area includes:

Our work includes attracting the right candidates to pharmacy training, including ensuring their values align to the NHS Constitution.

We are developing a professional attributes framework for pre-registration pharmacists, which will outline the knowledge, skills attitude and other personal qualities all pharmacists should have. Once developed, this framework will be used to inform recruitment and selection methods at the pre-registration stage.

Pharmacists trainees are now recruited through the online application portal, Oriel. The portal is also open to community pharmacy employers.

We have published two reports on the recruitment process. The first evaluated the recruitment rounds, whilst the second looked at the preferencing behaviour of applicants. The second found they prefer to train in places that will fulfil their longer term career aspirations, and that employers will need to market attractive careers, as well as short term training posts, to attract the best candidates. Both are available at the bottom of the page.

We are also looking at enhanced workplace support for the tutor and pre-registration pharmacist. Throughout this work, we'll seek to ensure that these changes are transferable into different training formats.

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