- Pre-registration Training 2020/21
- Foundation Training Year 2021/22
In this critical pre-registration training year, trainees need to put their knowledge and skills developed at university into practice and learn to become competent pharmacists. Your role as tutor is vital. You are expected to be the role model and guide the trainee throughout the year. You will observe the trainee’s performance, assess his/her competence, give him/her feedback and ultimately make the decision that he/she is fit to go on the register.Tutor Accreditation Training
Applying to be a tutor
If you have at least three years experience as a registered pharmacist in the aspect of pharmacy with which the particular training establishment is concerned you are eligible to apply to attend the tutor accreditation training.
Experienced tutors must attend a reaccreditation training every five years if they wish to continue as pre-registration tutors.
Tutor Accreditation Training
Plans for tutor training and accreditation are still being finalised as we move forward with our NI stakeholders to introduce the educational reform agenda with the transition from pre-registration training to a foundation training period. Once further information is available, we will issue communications about the arrangements for tutor training so that tutors can be fully prepared or the upcoming foundation training year although this is likely to be later in the year.
We advise you that you keep up to date with the education reform agenda through our communications and information on our website.
Details of all current accredited tutors can be found using the link below:
Current Accredited Tutors* (*as of March 2021)
When you agree to take on the responsibilities of a tutor for a pre-registration trainee, you must complete the Tutor declaration which accompanies the trainee’s application to the Society.
The Standards for Pre-registration Training contains information regarding tutor responsibilities.
To access your Pre-reg Portfolio please use Membership Online.
The Pre-registration Training Manual sets out key information about the pre-registration training year.
Pre-registration Training Manual 2020-21 – for use by tutor and trainees
Pre-registration Trainee Manual 2019-20 – for use by tutors and trainees
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.
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.
The Standards for Pre-registration Training indicate that a pre-registration training placement must occur in an establishment that is approved for this purpose (section 6) and must occur under the supervision of an accredited tutor (section 7).
If a trainee’s tutor or training site changes then the Pharmaceutical Society NI must be informed prior to the change, using the Change of Tutor/Training Details Form, otherwise there is a risk that training will not be recognised.
Notice: From 7th November 2016 the learning contract is now part of the change of tutor form. New tutors will be expected to complete the learning contract along with the trainee.
NB If the trainee is moving to different premises within the same company please ensure that the new premises are approved as a training establishment. If the premises are not approved a ‘Approval of Pharmacy Premises as a Training Establishment’ form must be completed and submitted with the Change of Tutor/Training Details Form.
If co-tutoring is to be adopted a Co-tutor Form must be completed. Please note that only the first tutor indicated will have access to the E-portfolio,