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Pharmacy graduates return to offer pre-reg advice to final year students

Mohammed Bilal, Natalie Appleyard, Sarah Murphy, Mazen Abdul-Latif, Mairead Ibison (University of Manchester graduate), Hafsa Ulhaq, Jake Doherty, Jade Smith, Hafiza Patala (Boots Pharmacist)

Mohammed Bilal, Natalie Appleyard, Sarah Murphy, Mazen Abdul-Latif, Mairead Ibison (University of Manchester graduate), Hafsa Ulhaq, Jake Doherty, Jade Smith, Hafiza Patala.

UCLan’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences recently invited graduate students back on to campus to discuss their pre-registration year, and offer advice to current Year 4 MPharm (Hons) students.

The event hosted eight former students and a graduate from the University of Manchester currently out on their pre-registration course in clinical and community settings.

The Pharmacy pre-registration year takes place following graduation from an MPharm (Hons) degree and is assessed by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Upon completion, it allows graduates to register for professional work as a Pharmacist.

The group spoke in front of a packed Darwin Lecture Theatre on time management, preparation and how to secure the 76 competencies as part of their pre-registration course - as well as what they wish they had known 12 months ago!

One graduate, Jake Doherty, is completing his clinical pre-registration at Blackpool Hospital and told students: “When you start your pre-reg year it can be overwhelming but you’ll have your own personal tutor so make sure you know what they expect from the get-go. They are a big help.”

Natalie Appleyard had similar thoughts on how to stay organised and manage priorities: “My advice is definitely get a diary as you have to be really organised. Also lean on newly qualified pharmacists as they’re a huge help.”

The demand for these skills is shared across the country, with Mohammed Bilal offering a few key points to remember: “Time management is crucial. Plan your work and your revision work. Communication is everything – speak to doctors, speak to patients. Make the most of it.”

At the end of the session, there was an opportunity for current students and staff to pick the brains of the graduates even further and ask any questions they had. By this stage the students certainly had plenty of food for thought and will be thinking ahead to the future when their own placements begin.