LloydsPharmacy provisionally registered pharmacists to receive 38k salary as well as additional support

Following the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) recent update on provisional registration, LloydsPharmacy has begun to offer over 100 permanent roles across the UK, prioritising those already working in its network. The pharmacy multiple will be paying all pre-regs eligible for provisional registration a salary of £38,000, based on a 40-hour working week, as well as providing a structured clinical support programme to help them deliver safe and effective care.

Victoria Steele, deputy superintendent at LloydsPharmacy, said: “We want to find a role for as many of our 150 pre-regs as possible. We’ll be matching them with our vacancies first but will also have positions for external pre-regs.”

The GPhC has agreed to provisionally register eligible pre-regs after the registration assessments scheduled for June and September 2020 were postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and the registration assessment is now expected to be held online.

To be eligible to join the pharmacist register on a provisional basis, pre-reg pharmacists must successfully meet a number of criteria and the regulator has said that structured support should be provided by their employer of choice, including access to a mentor.

In October 2019 LloydsPharmacy launched its bespoke 12-month Foundation Programme to provide extra support for newly qualified pharmacists in their first year working as professionals.

Victoria said: “The new provisional registration and postponement of the exam has meant we’ve had to adapt the programme but the principles at the heart of it of it are all still important for provisional registration. When I think back to making that transition from pre-registration to practicing pharmacist myself, it was a daunting experience for me and many of my peers, knowing that you are the person that is ultimately responsible for the safety of your patients. As a newly qualified pharmacist there is still so much to learn and take in. We want to provide an extra layer of support and help develop our next generation of pharmacists from the very start of their career with us.”

The adapted programme will help develop those who are eligible for provisional registration this year through clinical learning and preparation for the assessment. This will include 30-minute lunchtime learning sessions, monthly clinical learning topics, with suggested study and quizzes to test knowledge and identify gaps, as well as a mock exam.

LloydsPharmacy will also be supporting its provisionally registered pharmacists by finding them a suitable mentor, as well as ensuring they have access to a support network.

Victoria continues: “We want to set our provisionally registered pharmacists up to be great pharmacists, not just good ones by helping them develop skills such as leadership, decision making and professionalism. The more we can support and develop them, the better the service and expertise they can provide to our customers and patients.”   

As well as providing additional clinical support, LloydsPharmacy is offering its provisionally registered pharmacists an annual salary of £38,480, based on a 40-hour working week.

Victoria Steele comments: “In addition to wanting our new pharmacists to feel supported, we also want them to feel valued, which is why we’ve made the decision for them to also benefit from our increased minimum rate of pay, of £18.50 per hour, that we announced in April of this year.”