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1.5k pre-reg posts could be available via centralised scheme

Health Education England: There is currently a lot of variation in the ways pre-regs are recruited

Health Education England (HEE) has received interest from employers to advertise over 1,500 community pharmacy pre-registration posts via its new centralised recruitment scheme, C+D has learned.

“Some” community pharmacy employers have already confirmed the posts they wish to advertise in time for the August 2017 application process, HEE told C+D last week (January 12).

Employers who have shown an interest in centrally allocating their pre-reg placements are being asked to confirm the number of posts by this Friday (January 20).

A full list of employers involved in the scheme – and the number of posts available – will be published by the end of the month, HEE head of pharmacy Gail Fleming said.

“The IT platform will go live in June 2017," Ms Fleming added. "Students can apply in August 2017, and the selection will take place in September 2017 for an August 2018 pre-reg start.” 

“Weaknesses in the system”

The scheme is part of HEE’s “wider look at pharmacy education”, which has so far uncovered “variation” in satisfaction levels of both tutors and trainees, as well as across the recruitment methods used, Ms Fleming said.

“We know there are some weaknesses in the system, which are evidenced by the General Pharmaceutical Council’s surveys on pre-reg training.

“You can also look at the variation in the results of the registration exam,” she added.

By centrally allocating the posts, HEE aims to ensure pre-regs and tutors are part of a “fair and equitable system”, Ms Fleming said.

When the scheme was first announced, Pharmacy Voice warned that it could result in a “two-tier” system, with pharmacies not taking part “seen as [less] desirable” by prospective trainees.

Ms Fleming stressed that the scheme has been “open to everyone” and “no one has been excluded from it”,but there are quality assurances that trainers and employers must abide by.

"It is up to employers to decide whether they want to be a part of it or not," she said.

“Any training commissioned through HEE will be prioritised for those companies and employers who are part of HEE’s national recruitment scheme."

Last August, Boots confirmed it had met with HEE to express an interest in advertising its pre-reg posts via the scheme.

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Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

It's not hearsay. Much better jobs than community pharmacy are available:   



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Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

It's not listed.

Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

Just one example. There are plenty more in all sorts of different fields. Make Community pharmacy look sillier by the day. But if people want to work for nearing minimum wage for all the stress and fear of prosecution/imprisonment it's no problem. The multiples will always welcome you.

M Bannister, Community pharmacist

Pharmacists can still control how many new pharmacists get qualified. If we boycott being pre-reg tutors then that will solve the problem. Ultimately an existing pharmacist has to sign off a newly qualified.

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

I support your suggestion totally and wholeheartedly ... we don't need another 1500 new pharmacists on the register. I call on all pre-reg tutors to take note.

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

Why would anyone want to become a pharmacist now? God help them. Someone told me that newly qualified Irish pharmacists are working for £9 to £12 [email protected] Has anyone more info on this?

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist


Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

I have not heard of £9 to £12, but I have it from very good authority that £14 is not uncommon. 

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

I was offered that. What a Hoot!! Turned it down. Was earning that in mid/late 90s. 

Antonio Lex, Primary care pharmacist

Lol I doubt it. Who wold with any sense? You can be a dispenser for that money or any other job such as in a petrol station, retail work etc


Jupo Patel, Production & Technical

The propaganda and lies keep coming from the multiples and universities and enough students keep falling for it. 

C A, Community pharmacist

Saw a nice job as a fork lift driver advertised the other day £15/hr, and I'll bet they don't have working lunches...

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