The NPA’s integrated Pre-registration pharmacist training programme focuses on the GPhC assessment syllabus and performance standards, adopting a patient-centred approach. The course is written and delivered by a team of experienced Learning and Development pharmacists who will fully support and guide pre-registration students to develop into confident and competent pharmacists. This programme provides students with an invaluable opportunity to interact, network and share experiences with other pre-registration pharmacists – all vital attributes for building a future multidisciplinary workforce.
We look forward to supporting you and your student in the coming months, which due to COVID may be more challenging for both student and tutor. However, we are confident we can deliver our training to meet your needs and have a flexible approach by using the NPA Learning Academy, our new intuitive eLearning platform, and webinars to support you every step of the way.
The programme includes Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to enable students to develop their skills in adopting a patient-centred approach, improve their patient counselling and communication skills, and demonstrate clinical competence.
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The programme delivers an exceptional blended learning experience for your student that will not only equip them to pass their GPhC registration assessment, but will also provide them with the practical skills and knowledge to become a valuable, professional member of your team.
The NPA’s approach to learning and development enables students to pass the assessment and progress seamlessly into the workplace as dependable pharmacists.
I like the interactive aspect of the NPA's study days. When we go through case studies, we review the question and how to answer it and we discuss what's likely to come up in the exam. I also like the mock exam papers that we do at the start, as they identify what I need to work on."
Manar Sabbagh Pharmacist (Hollowood Chemists)
Pharmacy graduates undertaking their pre-registration training year. Supervisors of pharmacy graduates who are enrolled on the programme can access our Tutor training programme.
The blended-learning programme is delivered through six face-to-face study days at the following locations; London, Birmingham and Manchester (where social distancing restrictions are in place, the face-to-face study days may be turned into virtual study days and delivered remotely) plus six webinars – which can be viewed on demand if the trainee cannot attend the live sessions. The London study days are scheduled take place on Sundays between September 2020 – May 2021 – the 2020-21 cohort is now closed for enrolments.
In addition, online resources and interactive modules via the NPA’s new engaging eLearning platform, the Learning Academy, are available throughout the year and NPA Learning and Development pharmacists can communicate directly with students via this platform. Ongoing support in preparation for the assessment is provided and students will also benefit from regular practice of exam-style questions throughout their training and a full-day mock examination, mapped to the GPhC assessment framework, towards the end of the year. Course topics covered include:
- GPhC registration assessment syllabus
- GPhC performance standards
- Clinical pharmacy topics
- Responding to symptoms and minor ailments
- Law and ethics
- Pharmaceutical calculations
- First aid
- Measuring and fitting compression hosiery
- BNF Chapters
Students enrolled benefit from the NPA’s flexible approach and a variety of learning styles. In addition, Pharmacists and students have access to free advice, resources and support from the NPA.
Please note: for the safety of our students and trainers, the study days between February to May 2021 will be delivered virtually.
Pre-registration trainees will be required to have appraisals with their supervising pharmacist/tutors in weeks 13, 26 and 39 of their pre-registration year. These appraisals will enable the trainee to review their progress with their tutor. During these appraisal meetings, the trainee is assessed against specific competencies and objectives.
At the study days, trainees will answer exam style questions in preparation for the final GPhC assessment in June. The May study day takes the form of two full exam papers (calculations and clinical) under exam conditions to fully prepare students so they can be conﬁdent and competent in their exam technique. Students will be presented with answers, tailored guidance and learning points from dedicated Learning and Development pharmacists after the two papers.
Our March, April and May study days will be delivered virtually for more information on this and additional resources available – visit our dedicated Pre-registration page