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Eighty-one per cent of the National Pharmacy Association cohort of trainee pharmacists passed the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)’s common registration assessment which took place in June.

The NPA’s team of learning and development pharmacists helped students prepare for the assessment with study days and mock exams.

Celebrating the success of trainee pharmacists, it said: “The 81 per cent NPA pass rate reflected the comprehensive blended learning experience delivered by the NPA’s team of learning and development pharmacists and that we were able to resume face-to-face study days for this cohort after the restrictions of lockdowns.”

Last month, the GPhC and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) published result of the common registration assessment for pharmacists with an overall pass rate of 80 per cent.

A total of 2,697 candidates sat the registration assessment in four countries on 29 June and 2,147 candidates passed the assessment.

This summer’s pass rate has fallen to 80 per cent compared with the 82 per cent pass rate for the summer 2021 registration assessment, and the 61 per cent pass rate for the Autumn 2021 registration assessment.

The NPA’s learning and development pharmacist Manda Kaur said: “It has been refreshing to speak to many of our trainees as they gained their results. They have given us valuable feedback on the programme and have, particularly, found the study days and mock exam very helpful. It is most rewarding for the team, that dedicates ten months of the year to delivering this programme across various platforms and locations, that our students have achieved a high pass rate.”

The next training programme for 2022-23 foundation commences in September.

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