Provisional registration policy for pre-registration trainees

Provisional registration policy for pre-registration trainees

May 22, 2020

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced its intention to add current pre-registration trainees to the pharmacist register on a provisional basis.

Postponements of the registration assessment scheduled for June and September 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the usual influx of new pharmacists would not be available to support the workforce during this exceptionally busy time for pharmacy.

The Council has therefore published a policy setting out the criteria that this year’s pre-registration pharmacist trainees will need to meet to be eligible to join the register. The document also outlines the requirements that employers must put in place to support provisionally-registered pharmacists.

Those trainees who are provisionally registered will be able to work as a Responsible Pharmacist; but they will have various restrictions on their practice, for example, they will not be able to be locums or superintendent pharmacists. Employers must fulfil various requirements, for example, completing a risk assessment before a provisionally registered pharmacist starts work and ensuring those provisionally registered practise under the guidance and direction of a senior pharmacist, and have appropriate support as they prepare for the pre-registration examination. The GPhC will issue standards for employers which will set out the framework in which pharmacists who are registered provisionally must operate.

This policy has been informed by a wide range of representatives from professional and educational bodies, including PSNC.

In light of this news, Professor Wendy Reid, Acting Chief Executive for Health Education England, has sent a reassuring message to pre-registration trainees.

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