The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) said it has commissioned Keele University to research the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on provisionally-registered pharmacists and pre-registration trainees.

Through the study, the GPhC said it aims to “understand the experiences of clinical training over the last 12 months and preparations around sitting the registration assessment.” The findings will produce important insight and feed into the GPhC’s work on educational reform to the initial education and training of pharmacists.

The GPhC expects provisionally registered pharmacists, pre-registration trainees, tutors and supervisors to participate in the research to relay “their overall experience of clinical training under pandemic conditions, including asking provisional registrants and pre-registration trainees how well-equipped they feel to work as a fully registered pharmacist in the future.”

The registration assessment is an important means through which pharmacy students can qualify to become pharmacists by testing whether a pharmacy student can demonstrate that they understand how to “apply knowledge appropriately and in a timely way, to make professional judgements in pharmacy practice.”

The GPhC makes clear that “The assessment makes sure that all trainees have reached the same minimum standard of ability, no matter where they have trained in Great Britain.”

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