The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will provide clinical training and registration assessment support to foundation trainee pharmacists  in Northern Ireland.

Under the newly awarded contract, RPS will deliver an education and training programme comprising the clinical elements of the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD) training programme from July.

It will also conduct a half and full mock exam with in-depth feedback.

The programme will benefit 143 trainees, preparing for the Common Registration Assessment (CRA) 2022.

“It is fantastic news that we have been offered this training contract to help shape Northern Ireland’s pharmacists of tomorrow,” said Gail Fleming, RPS director of education and professional development.

The RPS has been running a comprehensive programme of pre-registration revision and support since 2012 for trainees in England, Scotland and Wales.

Colin Adair, postgraduate pharmacy dean at NICPLD, said: “We have collaborated with the RPS over many years, and are particularly pleased to be able to formalise our relationship with this new contract to support trainees preparing for the CRA.”

“The RPS has a fantastic reputation for supporting the profession and we look forward to working with them during this critical phase for pharmacy as we transition to the foundation training year and beyond that to advanced and consultant practice,” Adair added.

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