Practice team members at GPhC training!

On 3 March 2015, Dr Parastou Donyai and Mr Dan Grant attended the London registration assessment briefing seminar run by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to learn about the new-style registration assessment being introduced by the pharmacy regulator from June 2016 onwards. After an introduction by Damian Day, Dan and Parastou learnt in detail about the forthcoming changes as representatives of the GPhC Education team and Board of Assessors explained all. From 2016 onwards, candidates (the current cohort of Part 4 students and anyone retaking their registration assessment) will be required to sit two separate papers as follows. The first will contain 40 calculation questions – calculators allowed but importantly, answers are not from a multiple choice list! The second paper will contain 120 MCQ questions – 90 Single Best Answer questions and 30 Extended Matching Items. We were reassured by the fact that the more complex MCQs have now been removed. We look forward to supporting our students to prepare for the registration assessment through our normal processes which includes the use of virtual learning and a separate registration assessment training day for Reading graduates about to sit the exam. But one thing is for sure, nothing can replace the quality of the pre-registration training that candidates receive as the questions all focus on patient cases and application of knowledge.

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More Healthy Living Assessment and Advice for the local community!

Pharmacy staff and Part 4 Pharmacy students will be visiting two local communities to deliver free Healthy Living Assessment and Advice:

Students Delivering Free Healthy Living Assessment and Advice!

In January 2015, our final-year Pharmacy Students visited two local community centres to deliver free Healthy Living Assessment and Advice to the population based around the University of Reading.  This was the first time that we had taken our student-led service off-campus! We had an excellent turnout and saw over 80 people over two days! The first event was launched by the Mayor of Earley (Councillor Linda Chambers), the Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences (Professor Richard Ellis) as well as our own Head of Pharmacy (Professor Helen Osborn). The Dean reminded us that this is a great achievement, in a year that sees Reading School of Pharmacy celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The event was supported by funding from the Earley Charity. Here is a photo of staff and students applauding the launch! Catherine Langran, second from the right, set up the innovative health check project a number of years ago and our Pharmacy students all get to experience delivering these checks on campus as part of their course.

Pharmacy Practice staff and students opening the first event

Pharmacy Practice staff and students opening the first event

And here are some students ‘in action’ delivering the health checks off-campus:

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Here is a link here to the University’s news coverage of this event: http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR620127.aspx

More events to follow in March 2015!