The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking urgent clarification from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) following concerns raised about booking arrangements for the upcoming registration assessment.
The call comes after there has been some confusion about the arrangements for candidates who wish to sit the assessment this year.
Responding to the concerns, Gail Fleming, Director for Education and Professional Development, said:
“With just three weeks to go until the assessment, this is incredibly difficult for provisionally registered pharmacists who have worked so hard to provide the best possible care for patients throughout the pandemic. It is important that there is sufficient capacity so trainees avoid having to travel any significant distance to take the assessment, especially during a national lockdown. We are also seeking confirmation of the timing of assessment sittings which assure the integrity of the assessment.
“We have contacted the GPhC to seek urgent clarification on this matter. Trainees will be focused on their exam preparation and must not have distractions such as trying to find a test centre. It is critical that this issue is resolved quickly.
“Once again, we are so incredibly proud and grateful for the dedication shown by all provisionally registered pharmacists during this difficult period and the huge contributions they have made throughout COVID-19. They are continuing to work extremely hard to ensure the best possible care for patients and we all should be doing everything we can to support them.”
What is your opinion on how the registration assessment has been handled this year?