132 pre-registration pharmacist trainees have passed the registration examination in Northern Ireland.
135 students sat the pre-registration exam in Northern Ireland on August 11th. The pass rate was up on 2019 but comparable with 2018.
Subject to being signed off by their pre-registration Tutor, the successful trainees will now join the register of Pharmaceutical Chemists and can practice pharmacy in Northern Ireland.
Dr Jim Livingstone, President of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, congratulated them on the achievement:
“Congratulations on your success.
“As you begin your career, take time to reflect on how much you have achieved so far through many years of study and preparation. You can be confident that you have already experienced some exceptional circumstances for healthcare in Northern Ireland and you should look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
“As the new generation of pharmacists, your skill and vision will help shape the future of pharmacy in Northern Ireland and continue to set high standards of patient care.
“I welcome you onto the Register of the Pharmaceutical Society NI and wish you all success in your chosen path”.
Following the successful completion of the pharmacy registration examination in August, Jim Livingstone, President and Trevor Patterson, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, have expressed their gratitude for the assistance of the Pharmacy Department and staff at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown and Coleraine and the Principal, Board of Governors and staff of Methodist College Belfast. Both organisations provided facilities and support to hold the examination under socially distanced requirements.
Jim Livingstone commented:
“On behalf of Council I want to thank the University of Ulster and Methodist College on the extraordinary effort of both organisations in taking their premises out of lockdown and providing us with on-site support to enable this important examination to take place. They have risen brilliantly to the challenges of Covid-19 and in doing so supported healthcare services in Northern Ireland now and for the future.“
Trevor Patterson commented:
“The Pharmaceutical Society NI is very grateful for the support given by the governing bodies and staff at the three venues, which enabled the holding of the Pharmacy registration examination in a safe, social distanced manner.
“Their support and professionalism have allowed us to ensure that the 132 successful candidates are now able to practice as qualified pharmacists, who can now supply high standards of patient care in Northern Ireland during the current pandemic”.