The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has taken the unusual step of issuing an apology to this year’s cohort of provisionally registered pharmacists who are set to sit their registration assessment remotely in the coming weeks.
The statement comes after confusion and uncertainty surrounding the registration assessment process. This culminated in an intervention by Alison Strath the Interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officier fo Scotland:
I just want to reassure all #provreg #pharmacists in #Scotland that I am in dialogue with the @TheGPhC about the registration assessment & seeking a resolution to ensure assessment places in Scotland avoiding unnecessary travel @BPSA @PearsonVUE @scotgovhealth @RPSScotland
— Alison Strath (@alisonstrath) February 26, 2021
In a statement published on their website, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said:
“I am really sorry about the issues some candidates are experiencing with the registration assessment booking system. Making life more stressful for any candidates, particularly at this difficult time, is the last thing we want to do. As well as apologising, I want to reassure candidates that we are continuing to make good progress with resolving the remaining issues with booking places for the March sittings. This is our top priority right now.
“We have worked with Pearson VUE to identify additional capacity, particularly for candidates in Scotland. We are currently working to finalise arrangements for these further places and aim to be in touch with relevant candidates very soon.
“Pearson VUE has confirmed that places have now been booked for candidates sitting remotely because of reasonable adjustments or because they are based overseas. These candidates should receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE about their remote sitting place.
“Pearson VUE has also been contacting a number of candidates who had booked afternoon sitting places due to a technical error, to reallocate them to a morning sitting.”
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