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The debate over pharmacy pregistration exam 2015

The debate over the pharmacy preregistration exam

In June 2015, the pass rate for the pharmacy registration exam fell to 74% following some changes in the exam structure and a focus more on clinical questions. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced that the exam will become even more clinically-focused in 2016. Pharmacy students have demanded changes to registration assessment to make it more reflective of day-to-day practice, while GPhC has defended the new directon for the assessment and has published exam questions for the first time. Here you can follow all the developments in the debate over the new direction for qualifying pharmacists.

News and analysis

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Autumn registration assessment pass rate up on last year

The pass rate for the registration assessment in September 2017 is more than 17 percentage points higher than last autumn, according to results released by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

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Almost 600 student pharmacists complain about registration assessment

Almost 600 student pharmacists have complained about the length, complexity and relevance of questions in their General Pharmaceutical Council registration assessment.

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GPhC removes option for registration assessments to be re-marked

The option to have pharmacy registration assessments re-marked will be removed from 2017, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced.

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RPS offers support to preregistration students after GPhC reports 41% pass rate Subscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has offered its support to preregistration pharmacists who are struggling to come to terms with their results following the September 2016 registration assessment.

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Pass rate for GPhC assessment drops below 50%

Just 40.8% of trainee pharmacists who sat the registration assessment in September 2016 passed, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed in figures published on 28 October 2016.

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GPhC reveals training providers with 100% pass rate for preregistration pharmacists

At least 14 training providers recorded a 100% pass rate for their preregistration pharmacist trainees who took the registration assessment for the first time in June 2016, according to data published by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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Four British pharmacy schools achieve top pass rates

Four pharmacy schools achieved a 100.0% pass rate for students sitting the professional registration exams for the first time this June, the British pharmacy regulator has revealed. 

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Many factors affect pharmacy registration exam results, GPhC report finds

Ethnic background and the sector in which pharmacy students have trained continue to influence preregistration assessment results, according to a report presented at the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) council meeting on 8 September 2016. 

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Pass rate for new GPhC registration assessment reaches four-year high

The pass rate for candidates who took the revamped registration assessment for new pharmacists in June 2016 is the highest it’s been for four years, the General Pharmaceutical Council has revealed.

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GPhC sheds light on lower pass rates in Black-African pharmacy students

An investigation into why Black-African trainee pharmacists perform less well in the registration assessments has been carried out by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the results suggest they could be more likely to struggle because many are also mature or overseas students.

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How to revise for the new pharmacy registration assessmentSubscription

Nadia Bukhari and Harsha Parmar provide tips for preregistration trainees sitting the registration assessment in its new format.

2015 looks like a year of transition. From new clinical opportunities to slow progress on reforming pharmacy education, the pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the spectre of centralised dispensing

Review of 2015: ten developments that are changing pharmacySubscription

The pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the rising spectre of centralised dispensing in the community. The Pharmaceutical Journal presents ten developments that affected pharmacists in 2015.

Preregistration tutors must take their responsibility to trainees seriously and provide a supportive learning environment

Tutors can help address preregistration training problems nowSubscription

Preregistration tutors must take their responsibility to trainees seriously and provide a supportive learning environment.

The percentage of pharmacist trainees who passed the registration assessment in September 2015 was 64% - three percentage points higher than last September’s pass rate. In the image, students taking an exam

Pass rate for September 2015 registration assessment stands at 64%Subscription

The percentage of pharmacist trainees who passed the registration assessment in September 2015 was 64% — three percentage points higher than the September 2014 pass rate.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published the individual candidate results of graduates who sat the June 2015 registration assessment on its website.

GPhC publishes anonymised individual results for pharmacists’ registration assessmentSubscription

The professional regulator for pharmacists has published the individual candidate results of graduates who sat the June 2015 registration assessment on its website.

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Clinical Pharmacist’s monthly news round-up: the top 10 in the past monthSubscription

What’s been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of must-read news from the past month.

Guide to new registration assessmentSubscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published a guide to the new registration assessment, which candidates will sit for the first time in 2016. The guide contains information about the format of the assessment and details about the registration assessment framework. It is available ...

The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator. In the image, a female student takes an exam

Disparity between pass rates for community and hospital trainees is cause for concern, says pharmacy regulatorSubscription

The continuing difference in pass rates between hospital and community trainees for the pharmacy registration assessment has been described as a “cause for concern” by the professional regulator.

Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released by the General Pharmaceutical Council. In the image, a young girl takes an exam

GPhC publishes exam questions for the first timeSubscription

Questions from this summer’s professional registration assessment with advice about possible pitfalls and what the examiners are looking for have been released for the first time by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s independent board of assessors.

Opinion

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In hindsight: reflections on the GPhC preregistration assessment

Newly registered pharmacist Sean Quay reflects on his experience of this year’s General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) preregistration assessment.

Ailsa Power, associate postgraduate pharmacy dean at NHS Education for Scotland and vice chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board

Working together to serve the interests of pharmacists in ScotlandSubscription

Ailsa Power, associate postgraduate pharmacy dean at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and vice chair of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board, talks to Julia Robinson about how NES and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are working together to support Scotland’s 4,500 pharmacists. 

Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.

Top ten careers articles in 2015

Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.

The way preregistration trainees are taught must be changed urgently to improve pass rates and better prepare them for practice

Introducing accreditation for tutors and innovative teaching methods will help improve registration pass ratesSubscription

The way preregistration trainees are taught must be changed in order to improve pass rates and preparation for practice.

Ditch the pharmacist registration examSubscription

Graham Phillips made some interesting points in his letter ‘Is the registration exam failing trainees?’ (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;295:213). Perhaps we should go further and question ...

Exam failures help control pharmacist numbersSubscription

The news story on research that correlated lower entry standards and registration assessment failure rates (The Pharmaceutical Journal

Is the registration exam failing trainees?Subscription

A cursory examination of pass rates of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration assessment reveals an astonishing level of variation, from a high of 94.5% in 2012 to an all-time low this year of 74.0%. Overall pass rates as published by the GPhC are as follows: 2011: 85.5% 2012: 94.5% 2013: 78.0% 2014: 85.3% 2015: 74.0%

Nothing wrong with the quality of MPharm graduatesSubscription

The Pharmacy Schools Council is concerned about the news item which appears to declare the “failure” of the current MPharm degree in educating pharmacists for future roles (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:677). ...

Calculation exam could be done at universitySubscription

I agree with the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) view that the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration assessment does not reflect current practice. To reduce some pressure, perhaps pharmacy students could sit the calculation exam while at university. The passing of this exam would ...

Equipping future pharmacists with resourcesSubscription

Like many pharmacists I found the variation in registration assessment pass rates between institutions interesting, especially in terms of year-on-year variations within institutions. Claire Anderson (The Pharmaceutical Journal

English Pharmacy Board member Claire Anderson (pictured), professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, talks about the growing gap of UK universities' pass rates for the GPhC registration exam and the wider profession

Q&A: ‘We should be worried when students are failing to become pharmacists’Subscription

As wide variation persists between UK universities’ pass rates for the GPhC registration exam, Stephen Robinson asks English Pharmacy Board member Claire Anderson, professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, what this means for students and the wider profession.

Many factors affect the pre-registration assessment pass rateSubscription

As a part-time teacher at various schools of pharmacy and a past pre-registration tutor, I was intrigued to read the registration assessment results from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;294:546). However, the ...

How to overcome exam failure

Although no one sets out to fail their exams, some students may find themselves in that position. Michael Champion, secretary of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how to cope if you do.

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The registration assessment: articles and tips

In need of some last-minute advice for your registration assessment? Look no further…

Exam Revision and Registration as a Pharmacist

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ONtrack (review)

Preregs have a number of resources available to help them pass the registration exam.  The list includes workbooks, workshops, mockpapers, books and websites.  But few areas authoritative and useful as ONtrack,

Passing the registration exam and becoming a Pharmacist!

 am happy, proud, excited, delighted and surprised to say that I have passed the registration exam and am on the way to becoming a Pharmacist! I still cannot believe I have made it and it has almost been a week since I found out. Seeing my name on the pass list brought up so many emotions from all the hard work five years has produced.

One week to go...!

The official countdown has begun. In one week, the pre-reg exam will be over.

Pharmacy law and the registration examination: an open and closed caseSubscription

Removal of certain texts from the open book pharmacy registration examination raises questions about how preregistration trainees’ knowledge of pharmacy law is to be tested

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