Only 41 per cent (269) of candidates passed this September’s registration assessment, although over the year, the total pass rate was 85 per cent. In previous years, the overall pass rate for a year has ranged between 71 per cent (2015) and 90 per cent (2012).
This was the second assessment using "a new format and methodology". Revised education standards and learning outcomes were introduced in 2011 and this was the first group of trainees who have been educated and trained according to these standards. Changes were made “to make sure the assessment takes advantage of current education best practice to enable trainees to better demonstrate the competencies set out in the learning outcomes.”
September’s reduced pass rate was put down to a comparatively higher proportion of candidates sitting for a second or third time or having had delayed their start to pre-registration training. Of the 660 candidates who sat the assessment in September, 393 candidates sat the assessment for the first time, 135 for the second time and 132 for the third time.
GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin congratulated the successful candidates.