Support for GPhC Provisionally-Registered Pharmacists and Previous Pre-Registration Pharmacists undertaking Spring GPhC registration assessment

This page is to support GPhC provisionally-registered pharmacists working in Scotland and previous PRPS trainees who are planning to sit the March 2021 GPhC registration assessment.

Introduction
Pharmacists

The GPhC registration assessment is the final requirement for GPhC registration following successful completion of the MPharm degree and pre-registration training. The GPhC have announced that the postponed June and September 2020 sittings will be sat as an online assessment at Pearson Vue centres, with sittings available on 17th and 18th March 2021.

For further information see the GPhC Website page linked below. Please familiarise yourself with the information contained here and continue to check the GPhC website regularly for updates.

 

 

 

 

 

Pending successful completion of the rescheduled assessment, the GPhC has agreed a policy for registering pharmacists on a provisional basis to allow pre-registration trainees to begin working from 1 August 2020. 

The GPhC have recently confirmed that provisionally registered pharmacists who choose to defer sitting the registration assessment until the Summer assessment can continue to practise as provisionally registered pharmacists until the results of the Summer assessment are known. Please visit the GPhC website (link below) to view this communication in full.

https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/news/statement-registration-assessment-essential-step-towards-full-registration

Provisionally-registered pharmacists must continue to practise under the guidance and direction of a senior pharmacist, whose primary role is to provide clinical and practice support and guidance.

This support page aims to support you, the provisionally registered pharmacist and aims to provide you with:

  • support for preparing for your GPhC registration assessment

  • signposting to resources that may help you in your practice and enable you to practise competently and professionally

  • advice on registering for the NES Foundation Training Programme

  • contact e-mail addresses for the NES team for questions or pastoral care advice

  • support in terms of mental health and wellbeing

 

We have also set up a support page for the senior pharmacists supporting you in your role

Key Dates
Calendar

February

26th February – Deadline to appeal GPhC Reasonable Adjustment decision

March

2nd March – Peer support session for anyone sitting the March Registration Assessment

8th March – Peer support session for anyone sitting the March Registration Assessment 

17th March – GPhC Registration Assessment date

18th March – GPhC Registration Assessment date

NES Support Sessions for those sitting the Spring GPhC registration assessment: Bookable Sessions

If you require any individual support please email pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk and a member of the NES Pharmacy team will contact you to discuss.

Peer Support Sessions

These interactive sessions will be held on MS Teams and will provide you with the opportunity to connect with peers who are also sitting the March GPhC registration assessment. A member of the NES Pharmacy team will be on hand at each session to help with any queries. The sessions are discussion based with no set content, come along to discuss revision techniques, share any good advice or resources and chat over any concerns you may have. You can attend as many of these sessions as you wish. 

 

 

 

The sessions are available on the following dates:

22/2/21 – 7.00 - 8.00 pm

24/2/21 – 7.00 - 8.00 pm

2/3/21 – 7.00 – 8.00 pm

8/3/21 – 7.00 – 8.00 pm

Please book on to any sessions you wish to attend – book here on Turas Learn

Support for Registration Assessment Preparation

The GPhC have now released a number of resources to support candidates sitting the Spring GPhC registration assessment. Please familiarise yourself with the detail contained in them before the assessment sittings on the 17th/18th March.

  • GPhC webinar and slide deck
    • Overview of the assessment process and
    • Preparing to sit the assessment
  • Pearson VUE online familiarisation tool (tutorial & Paper 1 and Paper 2 example questions)

·      The registration assessment regulations [PDF 294 KB] set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment. The appendix to the regulations [PDF 223 KB] applies to remote sittings

·      The registration assessment specification [PDF 239 KB] sets out how the assessment will be run

  • On the day guidance. These are helpful short documents which cover your responsibilities as a candidate and the practicalities of what to expect if you are
  • Further Information about “fit to sit” is on the GPhC assessment webpage
  • List of GPhC approved calculators
  • FAQs about the registration assessment and registration process

GPhC registration assessment framework is a really useful document to help guide your preparation for the assessment. The framework details the areas that can be assessed in the registration assessment and provides information on the make up of the assessment and the weighting of the different topics.

Link: https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-pre-registration-training-scheme/pharmacist-registration-assessment/applying

Link to Registration Assessment Framework - https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/sites/default/files/document/registration-assessment-framework-for-sittings-in-2020-and-2021.pdf

 

The following self-assessment template can be used to help you to consider your knowledge, confidence and competence across the different therapeutic areas and calculation types that can be included in the registration assessment. You may find this helpful to identify areas that you wish to focus revision on.

Self Assessment Template for PRPS training materials

Self Assessment Template for PRPS training materials
Support for your GPhC Registration Assessment and signposting to resources that may help you

Please remember you will still have access to all the resources and materials you had as a PRPS trainee in Scotland and access to the 2020/21 pre-registration pages which you can access below (please note that you will need to login to your Turas Learn account to access). 

The Pre-registration 2020-21 pages have been supplemented with some additional resources which you may find helpful in your assessment preparation. On the main PRPS 20-21 page there is an infographic detailing which topics are covered in each block. If you are looking for revision materials relating to any of the topics covered in blocks 1-3 you can then navigate to these block pages where you will find additional resources including NES modules, case studies, recorded webinars and presentations and practise papers with questions relating to the topics and calculation types covered in that block.

Within the PRPS Turas pages you will find:

  • Access to all PRPS training day materials including recorded webinars from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 training years 

  • Access to all PRPS core programme resources and additional resources.  You may find some of the core resources available on these pages useful for revision. These include various resources to support pharmacists responding to symptoms in community pharmacy. Core Resources are all linked on the main page of the PRPS 20-21 Cohort, under the heading “Core Resources”

  • Access to the NES PRPS Question Bank of practice mock questions, found in the PRPS 20-21 Assessment Preparation page.

  • Continued provision of the calculations resources, also available on the Assessment Preparation page mentioned above. These explain how to approach some of the calculation types in the registration assessment.

  • PDF copies of the 2020 NES Mock Registration Assessment – located in the PRPS 19-20 pages

If you are looking for additional calculation resources you may find the following modules from CPPE helpful:

https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/41955/pharmacy/cpd-resources/clinical-calculations-for-pharmacy-professionals

 

 

General tips:

  • Try as many different practise questions as possible. Look for other sources of practise questions – e.g. GPhC, RPS, Chemist and Druggist
  • Practise calculation questions over and over. Think about and understand your approach to the different calculation types. Once you are comfortable with the process it becomes much easier to apply the technique to other questions of that type.
  • Use the calculator you will be taking to the GPhC assessment to ensure you are comfortable using it. This must be a model approved for use by GPhC. Check the GPhC website and ensure that you have an appropriate calculator for the assessment. You will not be provided with a calculator if you take a model that is not approved.
  • Access support from your colleagues and peers – ask them to test your knowledge too.
  • Believe in yourself – you have covered the topics and you have been using your knowledge to help support patients throughout your training and time as a provisional registrant.
  • Look after yourself. If you need help, ask for it. Note also the resources mentioned below to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Turas Learn

You will also still have access to your Turas Portfolio which contains your reflective evidence and uploaded achievements from your pre-registration training. You can access this by logging into your Turas account.

After your PRPS post has ended you will have view-only access and will be unable to add new evidence, or edit existing evidence. However, this evidence may be helpful during discussions to complete the risk assessments detailed by the GPhC in their guidance for employers.

If you require your senior pharmacist to get online access to view your portfolio, we can set them up as a linked trainer to your Turas account for the period you are provisionally registered - please e-mail pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk to request this and we will send you the information we require to allow this.

You will also be able to access all of the NES Pharmacy CPD resources including those which will help you prepare for practice in community, hospital or primary care settings.

The NES PRPS Team will also update you with any communications that are relevant to provisional registration and in particular when the GPhC make any further information available about the rescheduled registration assessments. At this time NES Pharmacy will also be reviewing any further provision of a mock assessment at the point when the GPhC confirm the format and layout of the assessment. 

All provisional registrants will be required to meet the GPhC standards for pharmacy professionals and will be required to work within their areas of competence and make clear to their employer if there are specific tasks of practices that they do not feel competent to undertake. You may also find the GPhC Q&A section of the website useful to answer any questions you have about working as a provisionally registered pharmacist.

For any provisional registrant practicing  in Scotland who did not complete their pre-registration training in Scotland, please e-mail pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk to request access to these materials.

Communications

NES Pharmacy Communications

GPhC Communications

NES Pharmacy Mock Assessment

 

The recording from the NES PRPS mock assessment feedback webinar is now available to watch back. In this 1-hr webinar our team give feedback on:

·           Updates from GPhC​

·       on the day guidance documents

·       online system

·       results and registration

·           Key feedback points and top tips from mock Paper 1​ and mock Paper 2

·           General Revision Points

·           Tips for wellbeing and resilience​

·           Keeping in touch

Login to watch: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3030353415298379014

Top Tips
Approaching the Assessment
The NES Pharmacist Foundation Training programme

As a provisionally-registered pharmacist, should I register for the NES Foundation Training Programme?

Over the coming months, undertaking and passing the GPhC Registration Assessment at the earliest opportunity should be your absolute priority.  If you are about to or have joined the provisional register and you are thinking about registering for the NES Pharmacist Foundation Training programme then we would suggest that you find out more about the programme on the website, and then look out for further communications about the registartion process following the GphC assessment outcomes.

The registration window will be open for 10 days after your GPhC assessment outcome is known and we do not wish you to register until this time. If you have registered, we will hold your registration until after your outcome is known. Registration will be followed by dedicated induction sessions for former provisional registrants who register for the NES Pharmacist Foundation Programme.

Will this delay in registration impact my career journey??

You will not be disadvantaged in any way by registering for NES Foundation training after your GPhC Assessment. The additional registration window and dedicated induction sessions for former provisional registrants will ensure you continue your career development seamlessly. The time you have spent as a provisional registrant will have provided many rich learning experiences that can be documented as part of the programme.  

For further information on the NES Pharmacist Foundation Training Programme please contact pharmacistftp@nes.scot.nhs.uk

 

Contact e-mail addresses for the NES team for questions or pastoral care advice
Contact NES

If you would like to contact NES for questions or pastoral care advice in relation to your provisional registration, please contact pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk

 

We may compile a frequently asked questions section on this page if themes are emerging.

Support in terms of mental health and wellbeing

It is important that you as a provisionally-registered pharmacist take care of your psychosocial mental health. You can visit the Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support page on Learn for more information and resources on how to look after yourself (please login to Turas Learn to access). 

Pharmacist Support Charity

Pharmacist Support is an independent, trusted charity providing a wide variety of support services to pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students.

These support services include resources to support wellbeing, an anonymous telephone service, financial assistance, specialist advice with regards to benefits/tax credits/debt/employment law, and an addiction support programme for those experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating disorders or any other type of dependency.

Click on the link opposite to be taken to their website where you will find more information.

You can contact them via e-mail (info@pharmacistsupport.org) or call one of the freephone numbers: 0808 168 2233 or 0808 168 513.

 

Stress, coping and resilience

Pharmacy staff may feel stressed and under enormous pressure during this busy period – this is perfectly natural and indeed is a reaction to a very abnormal set of circumstances.  Please see opposite for a helpful visual to assist with Stress, Coping and Resilience (please login to Turas Learn to access).  

 

Useful apps

There are a number of apps which you can use to help you manage your feelings.  You may find your own that you prefer, however you will find a list of suggested apps at the end of this document on Learn (please login to Turas Learn to access).

Check the websites for individual apps for more information.

What further support do you need?
Submit your feedback here

If after reading this guidance you still have any questions or feel you require any further information to support you, please submit your questions/suggestions to pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk.