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Multiples commit almost 600 pre-reg posts to national scheme

Boots is currently deciding which of its stores will be involved

Boots and Lloydspharmacy have both signed up to Health Education England’s (HEE) scheme to centrally recruit pre-registration placements from this year, C+D has learned.

Employers had until last Friday (January 20) to confirm the number of posts they wished to advertise via the scheme, and a full list of employers is expected by the end of the month, HEE head of pharmacy Gail Fleming told C+D.

However, Boots confirmed to C+D last week that it is "taking part" in the scheme and will have “approximately 500” pre-reg places recruited through the system for the 2018 start date.

“We are currently working to agree the stores that will be involved,” the health and beauty giant said.

“Delighted” to be involved

The pre-reg team at Lloydspharmacy said it is “delighted” to recruit a “proportion” of its 2018 pre-regs through the national scheme.

The multiple has so far allocated 80 posts and a “final confirmation of numbers will be in May”, a spokesperson told C+D.

Ms Fleming said the HEE scheme has “taken a lot of learning” from the recruitment methods used by other professions, including dentists, doctors and healthcare scientists, and will use the same IT platform as them, ORIEL.

“Adapting what is already there so it is suitable for pharmacy saves us from having to invest in a brand new system,” she said.

Last September, current and former students came out in support of the England-wide scheme.

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Is the centralised pre-reg recruitment scheme a welcome development?

R A, Community pharmacist

Given the fact that the government pays for the pre-reg year and multiples gain free staff its a win win situation for them.

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

They need enough min wage pharmacists to see through the transition to full automisation. Boots and others couldn't be happier. I only feel sorry for the poor students graduating who do not have a clue.  

Paul Samuels, Community pharmacist

Exactly so--still far too many not fit for purpose schools of pharmacy--why not use weed killer!!

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

Delighted ? I bet they are


Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

Do we need 600 pre regs? No. Simple as that really.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

But then, we might need NHS paid staff....... what say???

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