General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has confirmed no special registration assessment arrangements for provisionally-registered pharmacists.
In June 2020, the GPhC introduced a provisional registration scheme for pharmacists to “support NHS services and provide patient care effectively”. To qualify, pharmacy students had to meet specific criteria.
Throughout the pandemic, these provisionally-registered pharmacists would have gained real-life skills and knowledge that has led some to argue that this should be sufficient to evidence fitness to practise and therefore special consideration should be given to registration assessment arrangements for provisionally-registered pharmacists.
However, the GPhC has been quick to quell any speculation regarding this. Duncan Rudkin, GPhC Chief Executive recently wrote saying:
“We have been carefully considering the impact of national lockdowns, and the extraordinary circumstances in which provisionally-registered pharmacists are working, on the registration assessment.
“We want to make clear to candidates that our position remains that passing the registration assessment is an essential step towards full registration. We are committed to holding a robust and fair assessment for candidates at the earliest opportunity.
“It is not feasible to introduce alternative routes to registration for provisionally-registered pharmacists that would uphold standards, protect patient safety and be fair to all candidates.”
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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