Letter to GPhC re Pre-Reg Letter

We have written to the GPhC asking for further clarification on pre-registration training.

Dear Duncan /Brendan,

We are writing to you on behalf of the current pre-registration pharmacists (2019-20) cohort, due to join the register in 2020. On 26 th March, a joint statement was issued from the GPhC and the PSNI to inform current
pre-registration trainees that the registration examinations across the UK would not take place as planned in summer 2020 or autumn 2020. Pre-registration pharmacists were told, at this time, that they would enter the register “provisionally”.

Whilst we understand, and fully support the reasons for this given the current pandemic across the UK, and the interruption in training that this has caused for most trainees, we have had a number of queries from both pre-registration pharmacists and tutors across the UK. These questions include;

  • What does “provisional” registration mean? What would the restrictions be?
  • What will happen come the end of the 52 week training period, will provisionally registered pharmacists remain at their training sites, or should they be applying for jobs?
  • If existing pre-registration candidates will remain in-situ, how will this affect the incoming pre-registration cohort of 2020-21?
  • If existing pre-registration candidates will leave their training posts, and enter employment, how will this affect their roles and salaries when they work as “provisionally” registered pharmacist?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Dr. Roisín O’Hare Bsc(hons) PGCHET MSc DPharm MPSNI(IP) FFRPS
Lead Teacher Practitioner Pharmacist, NI Universities Network /
Cardiology Pharmacist, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
President, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP).  www.ghp.org.uk 
emails: r.ohare@qub.ac.uk / roisin.ohare@southerntrust.hscni.net

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Statement

Updated statement and links to an honorary contract template.

We understand that as pharmacists you may be feeling anxious about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and we wanted to get in touch and offer our support in these challenging times. Across the UK, public health organisations, government health officials and employers are enacting emergency plans to ensure that staff receive the right advice, care and support and that you are able to do your job in these challenging times. We advise that our members refer to the guidance specific to their location as information for e.g. employers, educational and health organisations can vary across the UK.

Pharmacists, as well as other health professionals, are facing an increasing responsibility in their workplaces to support patients across the UK during this pandemic. There is a lot of conflicting information relating to our practice as pharmacists during this period we urge caution as some advice may be out of date by the time you see it. It is important that during this time we all follow national public health advice and strive to follow up to date and evidence based guidance – even as this changes daily.

The GHP are liaising with employers, regulators, government and other pharmacy leadership bodies on a regular basis to address some of your concerns. We also recognise that our members have individual concerns regarding their circumstances and whilst we cannot answer everything in this statement, we have put together a list of FAQs to support you with the queries you have raised.

We recommend that this advice is read in conjunction with the advice drawn up from each of the 4 country governments and the Trade Unions.

Read our FAQs here.

CANCELLED: GHP Evening meeting for London area


We will reschedule in due course. 

Join us in London on 31st March 2020
Unite the Union, Boardroom ; 133—37 Moreland Street, London, EC1V8BB

Come and hear about developments for pharmacists working across the system from our expert speakers:

- Richard Goodman – Regional Chief Pharmacist 
- Emma McClay – Pharmacist Lead, Pharmacy Integration project, Specialist Pharmacy Services
- A representative from St Georges Hospital Pharmacy primary care services 
- A representative from Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust Integrated Medicines Optimisation service 

If you want to hear more / ask more about Contingent Medical Malpractice (CMM), Kevin McAdam is running a CMM clinic from 5.30-6pm and from 8-8.30pm.

Register here

Our GUILD Council representatives will be there including;
·   Roisín O’Hare (GHP President)
·   Ewan Maule (GHP Vice President)
·   Graeme Richardson (GHP Immediate Past President)
·   Seema Varma (GHP Regional Member, London)
·   Heather Weaver (Co-Chair of Terms & Conditions, GHP)

Our members are working hard to #KeepAntibioticsWorking

Thanks to all the amazing people who supported us with our World Antibiotics Awareness Week campaign on Twitter. We’ve had hundreds of people engage and our tweets have been seen over 40,000 times across the world. We’re demonstrating the importance of pharmacy and pharmacists in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

See what folk across the UK have been doing on our Twitter pages; @GHPPharmacy

25th EAHP Conference. Gothenberg

The 25th Congress of the EAHP – “Hospital Pharmacy 5.0 – the future of patient care“ will take place Gothenburg, Sweden on 25-27 March 2020. The 25th Congress of the EAHP is an excellent opportunity to learn about and share their experience with the latest advances in technologies that will shape the way how pharmaceutical care in hospitals will be delivered in the upcoming decades, while providing many opportunities for networking as well. To stay updated on EAHP Congresses, click here or visit our website at: http://www.eahp.eu/congresses 

Don’t forget, early bird registration finishes on 30 November!

There is conference toolkit to help promote this event… https://www.eahp.eu/sites/default/files/25th_eahp_congress_toolkit_gothenburg.pdf