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Learning from COVID-19

It is undoubtedly a challenging time to be a pre-registration trainee, balancing the requirements of learning and working at the same time, during extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

As part of our learning from COVID-19, we asked recently qualified registrants, who finished last year’s training programme, to share their advice and tips about how new trainees could successfully navigate pre-registration training and achieve all that is required, given that we are still in the grips of the pandemic.

We have grouped the responses from last year’s trainees into eight main themes. Some of this will sound like common sense but, more often than not, can be easily neglected in the face of challenges caused by this pandemic. It is hoped that you will find this learning helpful and that you will be encouraged by the fact that you are not alone in this experience and that you will take confidence from the fact that last years’ trainees successfully overcame the challenges of undertaking pre-registration training during the pandemic to become newly qualified pharmacists.

Advice from former trainees on how to cope with pre-registration training during COVID-19

Trainees from last year tell us that in many respects the learning they got from their training during the pandemic meant that they were well equipped to meet future challenges within the profession.