On Monday 16th July, the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) President, Junel Ahmed and the BPSA Graduate Officer, Abdallah Alkhalaf attended a meeting with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to present the Registration Assessment Feedback Report for the June 2018 sitting.
The attendees from the GPhC included Damian Day – Head of Education and Joanne Martin– Quality Assurance Manager of Education.
In the meeting, representatives from the GPhC and the BPSA discussed each of the recommendations made in the report composed by the BPSA. The recommendations made by the BPSA will also be discussed internally at the GPhC Board of Assessors and Council meetings. Following these meetings, a report will be published by the GPhC addressing the BPSA’s concerns and recommendations.
Having spoken to the GPhC regarding the discussion points raised during the meeting, the President and Graduate Officer feel confident that the regulator will take the recommendations seriously, and will provide evidence where necessary to demonstrate that they have met the recommendations, or provide a response to recommendations raised in the report. We have worked in the best interest of the candidates that sat the examination to ensure that they sat a fair and appropriate assessment and will continue to work on behalf of our members to ensure recommendations are worked on.
The BPSA appreciates the overwhelming response of the petition released on change.org, however, we cannot include the number of signatures on the report due to the lack of raw data present. As shown in our report, the BPSA analyses themes based on how many candidates provided feedback on their own individual experience on the themes. Without the raw data on the number of candidates who sat the assessment agreeing with each point raised during the petition, we cannot include it into our response. However, it should be noted that the themes raised in the report published by the BPSA correlate with the themes highlighted by said petition.
We wish all the entrants the best of luck in their future careers and thank them for the feedback that we have received.
Click here to read the Registration Assessment Feedback Report for the June 2018 sitting
Click here to access the press release as a PDF document.