Congratulations to the 69 provisionally registered pharmacists (from the 2019/20 East of England trainee cohort) who took the first-ever online GPhC assessment on 17 or 18 March 2021. They were all successful and will soon be fully registered with the GPhC.The average national pass rate reported by the GPhC was 88.2%.Four provisional registrants from the 2019/20 EoE cohort, opted to defer to the July 2021 assessments (planned for 27, 28 and 29 July 2021).
A virtual event was held on Wednesday 19 May 2021. All East of England trainees presented their audit projects to peers and invited audience. All presentations were adjudicated, and awards made for best audits and other trainee achievements such as top individual performances, top group in the league table and other contributions to the training programme.
The pre-registration training year is being replaced by a Foundation training year as of July 2021. The change in terminology is more far-reaching than just a name change. Foundation training programmes need to deliver on all four domains of the new GPhC Interim Learning Outcomes published earlier this year.
The UEA programme delivery team are currently planning a 2-day virtual induction event for the new cohort of Trainee Pharmacists starting their Foundation Training Year this summer. The event will introduce trainees to the six themes of the programme which have been designed to cover all four domains of the Interim Learning Outcomes. It will also provide an opportunity for trainees to meet members of the team and raise awareness of the support /communication systems in place.
New Standards have been published in January 2021. The standards cover all 5 years of the initial education and training of pharmacists i.e. 4-year MPharm degree followed by a Foundation training year. These standards have been developed to reflect the expanding roles of pharmacists as integral members of multi-professional healthcare teams providing person-centred care and being proficient prescribers at the time of registration. actively prescribing. Click here to access a pdf of the new GPhC Standards.
The UEA programme delivery team and stakeholders from academia and different sectors of pharmacy practice, are contributing to the development of a new Foundation training year led by HEE East of England. The expectation is to introduce gradual changes to the foundation training year as well as the MPharm degree that will facilitate implementation of the new GPhC standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists over the next 5 years.
The UEA programme delivery team continue to support all provisional registrants working in East of England, as they prepare to take their online GPhC assessments on either the 17 or 18 March 2021. Support is provided via online learning materials, revision tools, calculations support and practise assessments.
A 2-day induction event was delivered on 10 and 11 August 2020, via online interactive sessions on UEA Blackboard Collaborate. Trainees were allocated to one of 12 groups to facilitate small group activities throughout the training year. The event was well received and paved the way for close communications amongst trainees based at different hospital sites and between individual trainees and the programme delivery team.
Despite the pandemic, 96% of the 2019/20 trainee cohort, met all the criteria for provisional registration with the GPhC. The majority have secured NHS Band 6 pharmacist posts at their placement hospitals. Congratulations to all and wish them all success in their future Pharmacy careers!
The UEA training programme will continue to support all 2019/20 trainee pharmacists to prepare for the delayed GPhC assessment in late 2020 or early 2021. This will be done via online revision tools and mock assessments.