How to become a Registered Pharmacist in United Kingdom (U.K.) ?

By: Pharma Tips | Views: 9555 | Date: 24-Nov-2012

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s Adjudicating Committee considers applications for registration from overseas pharmacists.Pharmacists are the country's main experts in medicines and pharmacy is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare.Pharmacists share a common commitment to improving people's lives through medicines and care and making a real contribution to the nation's health. Career opportunities are developing fast and pharmacists today can be found in many different settings i

Pharmacy as a Career in United Kingdom(U.K) And How to become a registered Pharmacist



The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s Adjudicating Committee considers applications for registration from overseas pharmacists.

Pharmacists are the country's main experts in medicines and pharmacy is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare.Pharmacists share a common commitment to improving people's lives through medicines and care and making a real contribution to the nation's health. Career opportunities are developing fast and pharmacists today can be found in many different settings including high street pharmacies, hospital wards, GPs' surgeries, walk-in centres, industry and universities.

Register as a Pharmacist : (Overseas Graduates ) :

If you qualified as a pharmacist outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or are a non-EEA national with an EEA pharmacist qualification (other than a UK-recognised pharmacist qualification), see the International registration information pack.

Before you can apply for registration you will need to have successfully completed:
  • an Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP)
  • 52 weeks of pre-registration training approved by the GPhC, and
  • RPSGB examination and the registration assessment
Meeting these criteria does not necessarily mean you will gain entry to the UK or find employment. Before you start the qualifying process you should carefully consider information provided by the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) to see whether you will be able to get the necessary visas and work permits.

Overseas pharmacists' assessment programme :

The Overseas pharmacists' assessment programme (OSPAP) is a postgraduate diploma that is undertaken as the first part of the route to registration required by those who have qualified as a pharmacist from outside of the EEA.

The OSPAP is a one-year course designed to ensure that those who have qualified overseas receive the appropriate education and training to prepare them for UK practice and entry to pre-registration training.
Entry requirements

The OSPAP course is available to those who hold a pharmacy qualification gained overseas and are registered, or eligible to register, as pharmacists in their country of qualification.

Providers of GPhC accredited OSPAP courses :
  • Aston University (Birmingham)
  • University of Brighton
  • Kingston University
  • Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Hertfordshire (provisionally accredited)
If you want to work in the UK as a pharmacist you will need to undertake the OSPAP course and meet the requirements set by the GPhC, which includes work-based training and a registration exam. You will not be able to call yourself a pharmacist without registering with the GPhC.

In order to work within academia in UK Schools of Pharmacy there are a number of routes.

  1. Undertaking a PhD will allow you to become a research academic within the UK. However, if you are not a registered pharmacist within the UK you may not be able to teach pharmacy practice sessions or may be restricted to technician duties during such classes. Without pharmacist status you can always teach all the other subjects, including pharmacology, therapeutics, etc. So no, you don't have to do the OSPAP to go into academia.
     
  2. Doing split roles between hospital and community - aka, a Teacher Practitioner. Whilst this doesn't require you to undertake a PhD you will need to be a registered pharmacist and have a few years experience in the hospital sector.

Career

As a qualified pharmacist you could probably expect a starting salary equivalent to around £20,000 to £30,000 (in today's money) depending on the area of pharmacy you choose to work in.
After 10 years you could expect to be earning the equivalent of anywhere between £35,000 and £60,000. Pharmacy technicians could expect a starting salary equivalent to around £13,000 to £15,000 rising to £25,000 to £30,000 after 10 years.


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Nagappan  |  26-Jan-2013 14:51:25 IST
Dear sir,

Am from India,i have finished Diploma in pharmacy in INDIA at 1995.now i am interested to work in Uk. How it's possible guide me
sk.subhani  |  28-Nov-2013 19:38:42 IST
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chetan  |  11-Aug-2014 21:11:03 IST
Dear sir,
I'm Chetan Chaudhari from India,i have finished Diploma in pharmacy and B.Pharmacy in india and i have 7 month experience in medical representative and 1 years experience in medical shop now i am interested to work in Uk. How it's possible
guide me
BARINDER  |  11-Aug-2014 22:22:10 IST
Overseas pharmacist refer to the following link to practice as a pharmacist in uk
http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pharmacyregulation.org%2Fregistration%2Fregistering-pharmacist%2Foverseas-non-eea-qualified-pharmacists&ei=GvToU__5DMmB7QaD3ICAAw&usg=AFQjCNEvi_yLqeXsct11gCpXUGS3N5iwaQ&bvm=bv.72676100,d.ZGU
Bootasingh  |  17-Nov-2016 14:42:16 IST
Respected sir /madam

myself bootasingh as registered pharmacist in india .Now i have sattled in uk .what we can do.
I am agraduate in pharmacy. since 2012 .with Diploma in pharmacy thanks .
Anisha Shaji  |  08-Sep-2017 23:26:25 IST
I m studying pharm d, which course in OSPAP I should apply for?
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