Trainees need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in order to be eligible for support.
Assistance has been provided to trainees in a variety of ways, for example:
- Where a trainee is experiencing problems on their placement – with a particular member of staff or their tutor – we have provided them with a Listening Friend and with guidance from our specialist employment adviser
- Where the trainee is struggling with pressures – in the lead up to the registration assessment, if they have failed the assessment, are in between re-sits or are waiting to become registered – we have provided financial assistance, where necessary, to cover priority living expenses, assistance with revision courses and GPhC registration fees
- Where the trainee has failed the assessment twice, is required by the GPhC to undertake a further six month work placement, is unable to find an employer to take them on or can only find an unpaid position, we have provided emotional support and encouragement via a Listening Friend, benefits and debt advice and financial assistance with priority living costs and bills
- Where a trainee has failed for a 3rd time, we have provided information on alternative career options.