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pre reg trainingJuly 29 2015

The percentage of candidates passing this summer’s pharmacy pre-registration examination was 73.9%, the lowest June exam pass rate seen by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Of the 2,811 candidates who sat the exam on June 25, 2077 passed the assessment and 734 failed. In addition, “2,621 candidates sat the assessment for the first time, 116 sat for the second time and 74 sat for the third time,” said the GPhC.

Pharmacist pre-registration trainees are permitted three attempts at the registration assessment, and the next opportunity to sit the exam will be in September.

The GPhC has been responsible for conducting the pre-registration exam since 2011. Previous pass rates were as follows:

  June September
2011 85.5% 89.6%
2012 94.5% 58.2%
2013 78% 69.2%
2014 85.3% 60.9%

Earlier this year in its document reviewing the pass rates, the GPhC commented on the variation in pass rates by year: “In any paper a percentage of questions will have been used before and some of these questions find their way into the public domain.

“To address this, when the GPhC became responsible for the Registration Assessment it began to commission new questions, which were used for the first time in September 2012. In addition to the questions being unused, they relied less on factual recall and more on decision making in patient-centred scenarios. We recognise that these factors may have had some impact on the drop in pass rates from September 2012.”

After this summer’s results were announced, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: “I would like to congratulate all candidates who successfully passed the registration assessment.

“Pharmacists take on significant responsibilities in supporting and protecting the health and wellbeing of their patients from the very start of their careers. The registration assessment plays an important role in making sure that only those candidates who have successfully demonstrated that they have the knowledge to take on those responsibilities safely, can join the register.”

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has flagged up its advice and support for those who have sat the pre-registration exam, whether they have passed or failed.

For those who have passed, the RPS advice includes new pharmacists:

  • should ensure that they are registered by the GPhC as a pharmacist;
  • can register for a free workshop on August 13 looking at which sector of pharmacy to consider building a career in;
  • should revise their CV and cover letter to reflect having been registered as a pharmacist;
  • can consider the ways to develop as a pharmacist with the Society’s various support and information including its Foundation Programme which helps new pharmacists to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours essential across all sectors and settings.

Those who join the RPS can access “a number of tools and a portfolio to help you focus your development through your first 1000 days of practice.” In addition, the RPS runs a mentoring matching database for members.

Links:

GPhC announcement    

GPhC ‘Pass rates for the GPhC’s Registration Assessment by school of pharmacy’    

RPS statement      

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