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PDA Education launches support programme for trainee pharmacists

The PDA supports members in every stage of their career. In order to help trainee pharmacists with their assessment in June, the PDA has developed four programmes that are completely free to trainee members.

Mon 1st April 2024 The PDA

PDA Education’s programme will provide trainee pharmacists with access to FREE resources and support ahead of the upcoming summer assessment.

The PDA wants to ensure that trainee pharmacist members have the guidance they need as the summer assessment approaches, including revision support, help with managing stress, and a clear understanding of the assessment process.

Those sitting the June 2024 assessment will now be able to access this series of free resources and events designed to support them in their preparation for the assessment.

Revision assessment programme

Created by experienced pharmacists with backgrounds in writing assessment questions, the PDA’s FREE programme will help to prepare trainee pharmacists for their assessment.

This self-directed online programme includes:

  • Over 100 practice questions
  • Multiple practice case studies
  • Two timed mock ‘exams’
  • Revision tips
  • Guidance on the process for sitting the assessment
  • Guidance on what to do if you do not pass
  • And more!

Register for the revision programme below.



Guide to the registration assessment

Date: Tuesday 7 May
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Place: Online via Microsoft TeamsThis session will help trainee pharmacists to understand what to expect regarding the assessment, including the GPhC requirements and time frames for the assessment. The event will include:
  • Advice on what the day of the assessment will look like
  • Guidance on regulations for sitting the assessment
  • Advice on what to do if something goes wrong on the day
  • How to manage the fit to sit, nullification, and appeal processes if needed.

This session is crucial for all trainees sitting the 2024 assessment.

Register for the sessions below.

Live calculations events

These live, online sessions will give trainee pharmacists the chance to practice calculations with immediate support provided by experienced pharmacists. The identical events will focus on dilutions, displacement values, and the common calculation errors made in part 1 paper. Trainees will also be able to ask questions to ensure that they understand each calculation.

The sessions are ideal for those who are struggling with calculations or need a refresher.

As there is a limit of 25 people per session, members who are interested in attending one are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Session 1 will take place on Thursday 16 May from 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm.

Session 2 will take place on Thursday 13 June from 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm.

Register for a live calculation session below.

Get mentally prepared for the assessment

Date: Wednesday 22 May
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Place: Online via Microsoft TeamsThe PDA and Pharmacist Support are hosting an online Get Mentally Prepared Workshop to support trainee pharmacists who are feeling stressed or anxious about the upcoming assessment. The live session will cover:
  • Strategies trainees can implement to help them look after their wellbeing explore relaxation and meditation
  • The science behind visualisation and how to use it
  • How our thoughts can impact how we feel
  • The importance of sleep
  • Other areas related to exam preparation.

This session is part of Pharmacist Support’s upcoming trainee ACTNow wellbeing campaign.

Register for the session below.

If members have any questions about the above, they should email

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