NPA’s Foundation training programme that commences in September for the 2021/2022 cohort of trainee pharmacists is now open for enrolments.
Although the NPA’s pass rate for the 2019/2020 cohort exceeded the national pass rate of 88% recently published by the GPhC, the NPA continues to look at ways it can enhance its training to support trainee pharmacists and develop them into confident and competent pharmacists.
NEW for 2021/22
The following new elements are incorporated, which will provide your trainee pharmacist with additional practical skills and knowledge on completion of the programme. These are included within the course fee:
Bespoke CPCS training workshop with the RPS and RCGP
This session is designed to teach students all the relevant skills required to perform clinical consultations including examinations, identifying red flags, promoting self-care and completing accurate clinical records.
Medicines counter assistant course
Trainees will be eligible to enrol onto the NPA’s Level 2 Medicines counter assistant eLearning course. This fully accredited course provides essential knowledge required to sell medicines over the counter and provide appropriate healthcare advice. Read more here.
Full Flu/COVID practical vaccination training
Your student will be able to undertake full practical training for Flu/COVID vaccinations, which includes a face-to-face session (3.5 hours) and online training. This will be arranged via our partners, ECG Training – details of what is covered in the sessions are available here. More information around this training for trainee pharmacists is covered on this page.
Key features of the NPA’s programme – tried and tested
The following are just a few of the key features of the NPA’s Foundation training programme – more can be found here.
• As a result of member feedback from the 2020/21 cohort, the NPA will continue to deliver the London study days on Sundays and will be reintroducing three face-to-face study days at each location (London, Birmingham and Manchester)
• The NPA’s blended approach to learning includes ten study days – a mix of face-to-face, virtual and webinar accommodates all styles of studying and provides an engaging learning experience. More details here
• Included within the programme fee, the whole day mock exam incorporates full online Part 1 and Part 2 exams with access to the answers and the rationale behind the answers, as well as support from the NPA’s L&D tutors. Read more on our Mock Exam page
• The 2020 pricing remains unchanged, even though new elements (as above) have been added. Where we save slightly on venue costs (due to less face-to-face study days), creating the virtual study day content on the NPA Learning Academy requires extra resource. The time involved in delivering a face-to-face study day compared with one virtually is the same - so we believe that the NPA’s 2021-22 programme is priced competitively in the market place.
The NPA’s course page provides more information about the programme or you can download our 2021/22 brochure which includes testimonials from students. If you wish to enrol a trainee on the programme, this takes you to the enrolment form or you can go to the dedicated page to access more details.
If you have any questions, please contact Member Services by email: [email protected] or by telephone on 01727 800402.