The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has commissioned Keele University to research the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on provisionally-registered pharmacists and pre-registration trainees.

The pharmacy regulator hopes such a study will help it understand the experiences of clinical training over the last 12 months and preparations around sitting the registration assessment.

The findings will produce important insight and feed into the council’s work on educational reform to the initial education and training of pharmacists, the GPhC said.

Keele University will collect the data from provisionally registered pharmacists, pre-registration trainees, tutors and supervisors with the help of a short research interview, focusing on their overall experience of clinical training under pandemic conditions, including questions around how well-equipped provisional registrants and pre-registration trainees feel to work as fully registered pharmacists in the future.

Target participation groups should look out for an email from the GPhC on how to get involved, the pharmacy regulator added.

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