Full findings of surveys of provisionally-registered pharmacists published

The GPhC has published a report which brings together the findings of two surveys of provisionally-registered pharmacists.

Provisionally-registered pharmacists who registered on or before 1 October 2020 have been asked to complete a survey to help the GPhC to check that their employers were meeting the requirements necessary for meet requirements to protect patient safety and support provisionally-registered pharmacists. This includes conducting a risk assessment. 

This process involved running the survey twice in order to encourage as many provisionally-registered pharmacists as possible to respond. The first survey was open from 2 – 10 September and was sent to 2,276 provisionally-registered pharmacists. These initial results can be found here. [PDF 479 KB] 

The second survey was open from 7 – 26 October and was sent to 196 additional registrants who had joined the register after 1 September, as well as all those who did not respond to the first survey. 

Across both surveys, 49% of provisionally-registered pharmacists responded. The combined results from both surveys are listed below. 

Key findings:

  • 80% of respondents were employed as pharmacists, with the top two settings being community pharmacy (58%) and hospital/secondary care (39%).
  • 90% of respondents reported that their employers had completed their risk assessment, 3% said they hadn’t, and 8% didn’t know.
  • 97% of respondents were informed of who their named senior pharmacist was
  • 98% had access to clinical advice and guidance if they needed it
  • 2% had concerns about their risk assessments and 1% had concerns about their access to clinical advice and guidance

In the small minority of cases where the survey identified issues with risk assessments and access to clinical support, our inspectors and other colleagues have contacted the employer to seek assurance that they have made steps to rectify these in all cases where we have been able to identify the employer’s contact details. 

The full findings of this survey have now been published. [PDF 606 KB]