73 of 76 (96%) East of England trainee pharmacists were successful at the July 2021 GPhC assessments and are now registered pharmacists! The national pass rate published by the GPhC was 82%. Congratulations to all and all success in their pharmacy careers! Six other trainees have deferred to the November sittings.
The new Foundation training programme for hospital trainee pharmacists in the East of England started with an online Induction event, held on 9-10 August 2021 via UEA Blackboard Collaborate. The event was attended by 81 trainees and was facilitated by members of the Programme Delivery team. Trainees were introduced to the six themes of the training programme, which are designed to cover the new GPhC Interim Learning Outcomes for the Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists.
The first study block of the new Foundation training programme was organised and delivered as a face-to-face event on 22-23 September 2021. The event was a big success and trainees were thrilled to interact with each other in person. They also commented that it was a lot easier to engage with the facilitators during the face-to-face sessions.
Two online modules at 'Core' and 'Enhanced' skills level, have been developed to support the development of Pharmacy educational and practice supervisors at diverse workplace settings. The modules can now be accessed via the NHS e-Learning for Health Hub (e-LfH): https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/pharmacy-educational-supervisor-training/ Learners will need an eLfH account to access the modules.
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.
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.
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.