In autumn 2013 the GPhC commissioned NatCen Social Research to carry out a survey of registered pharmacy professionals.
All pharmacy technicians (21,672) and a large probability sample of pharmacists (30,040) as well as pharmacist prescribers were invited to take part in the survey asking about their work, practice and responsibilities.
Over twenty-nine thousand registered pharmacy professionals responded to the survey; 15,553 pharmacists and 13,515 pharmacy technicians. This is the first survey of its kind we have carried out and it provided us with important insights into areas including employment and practice, responsibilities and appraisals.
We have used the findings to inform our work to improve the way pharmacy professionals and services are regulated. This includes developing new approaches to assuring the continuing fitness to practise of registrants and the quality of education and training.
See the reports
We would like to thank all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who gave their time to take part in the survey – each response was important to the success of this survey.
We would also like to say thank you to all those who helped us to develop the survey, especially the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who gave their time to test and discuss the questionnaire.
In addition, a number of stakeholders kindly gave their comments on the questionnaire, we would like to thank them all.
The regulation of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies changed with the establishment of the GPhC as the independent regulator of pharmacy in 2010. The Registrant Survey 2013 provided a first look at a pharmacy field which has expanded to include pharmacy technicians as part of the regulated pharmacy team.
Registrant Survey 2013 - GPhC initial analysis
This document sets out our initial analysis of the Registrant Survey 2013 findings.
GPhC Registrant Survey 2013 initial analysis [PDF 391.5 KB]
Registrant Survey 2013 - Infographics
These infographics depict key findings and provide an overview of pharmacy professionals, the most common pharmacy settings and pharmacists prescribers.
GPhC Registrant Survey 2013 infographics [PDF 5.25 MB]
Registrant Survey 2013 - Main report
A comprehensive final report of the Registrant Survey 2013, with information about the survey methodology, analysis and findings by NatCen Social Research.
GPhC Registrant Survey 2013 main report [PDF 1.07 MB]
Registrant Survey 2013 - Main report appendix
This document provides additional tables presenting further analysis.
GPhC Registrant Survey 2013 appendix to main report [PDF 1.08 MB]
Registrant Survey 2013 - Summaries
Summaries of each of the different sections in the main report.
Registrant Survey 2013 summaries from main report 2013 [PDF 248.43 KB]
Registrant Survey 2013 - Geographical summaries
Summaries of key findings for England, Wales and Scotland.
Geographical summaries 2013 [PDF 369.9 KB]
Three different questionnaires were used in this survey:
- One for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists without the prescribing questions: Pharmacy technician and pharmacist questionnaire [PDF 1.22 MB]
- One for pharmacists who were part of the sample and who had a prescriber annotation: Pharmacist prescribers questionnaire [PDF 1.26 MB]
- Pharmacist prescribers who were not part of the sample questionnaire [PDF 310.34 KB]