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Superdrug's 'fun' environment behind highest June 2018 exam pass rate

Training providers' pass rates in the June registration exam varied by 40 percentage points
Training providers' pass rates in the June registration exam varied by 40 percentage points

Superdrug has claimed its “fun and engaging” environment is responsible for the multiple’s pre-reg trainees securing the highest first-time pass rate in last summer's exam.

Ninety-seven percent of Superdrug’s candidates passed the June 2018 registration exam, according to General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) data of companies who had trained 13 or more candidates, published on Monday (January 14).

Paydens and Kamsons followed Superdrug, achieving pass rates of 89% and 86% respectively.

Superdrug, Kamsons and Cohens were the only three providers to have higher pass rates in June 2018 than in June 2017.

The pass rates of training providers for the exam varied by 33 percentage points, with 64%* of The Hub Pharmacy’s candidates passing.

Superdrug’s “real-life scenarios”

Superdrug superintendent Lucy Morton-Channon told C+D: “We evolve our pre-reg programme based on feedback from trainees, the GPhC and our pharmacists.

“By using real-life scenarios, we equip our pre-registration pharmacists with the tools to not just pass the exam, but also to work as capable pharmacists on day one of registration,” Ms Morton-Channon said.

The multiple had the second-highest pass rate in the June 2017 exam, when 91% of its candidates passed.

Pass rates by community pharmacy training provider, for candidates who sat the June 2018 registration assessment for the first time:

Training provider
Pass rate
Number of candidates
Boots
79%
312
Cohens
76%
38
Day Lewis
73%
45
H.A. McParland
65%
17
Kamsons Phamacy
86%
14
Lloydspharmacy
74%
163
Paydens
89%
18
PCT Healthcare
78%
18
Superdrug
97%
29
The Hub Pharmacy
64%*
14
Well
73%
55
Variation between sectors  

Unlike their community pharmacy equivalents, all but one of the hospital-based training providers achieved a 100% pass rate.

Pass rates by hospital pharmacy training provider, for candidates who sat the June 2018 registration assessment for the first time:

Training provider
Pass rate
Number of candidates
Barts Health NHS Trust
100%
18
Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust
100%
16
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
100%
20
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
100%
13
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
100%
15
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation
85%
13
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
100%
14

*The Hub Pharmacy's pass rate was changed from 57% to 64% on January 29 following the GPhC publishing a revised figure.

Source: June 2018 registration assessment performance data, GPhC, January 2019

8 Comments
Question: 
Did you sit the June pre-reg exam?

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

Elephant in the room :

It is much easier to get accepted onto pharmacy courses as requirements have been lowered. Quality of pharmacists is much lower and quantities greater, easy fodder for the deplorable levels of pay.

A Hussain, Senior Management

On the whole Superdrug has quieter pharmacies, so I guess the pre-reg is not undertaking the role of substitute pharmacist.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I always would recommend a quieter pharmacy over a busy one. I've had dissagreements reminding that a pre-reg is there to learn, not to work. Especially when they are having to squeeze and barter to get their learning time.

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

Bit surprising about St George's, considering how good a training hospital it is and the facilities it has

Margaret O'doherty, Community pharmacist

Two failures out of thirteen candidates could be due to any one of a number of factors like personal problems or health difficulties so unless it is repeated over a number of years you can’t draw the conclusion that it is down to the particular hospital.

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

True

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

You may say that but compare the results for the hospitals as a whole versus cummunity......

C A, Community pharmacist

There is a significant difference

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