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Pre-Registration Pharmacist Training Programme 2020-21

The Buttercups Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacist Programme is a comprehensive course to prepare trainees for the registration assessment and life as a newly registered pharmacist. Building on the success of our 'blended learning' programme, this year we offer 7 study days with a dedicated Buttercups tutor, a series of large and small group webinar tutorials and a vast range of e-learning training programmes via our b-Hive online learning platform. Trainees are also given access to our accredited Medicines Counter Assistant (MCA) and RSPH Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement (Health Champion) courses.

Course Details
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7 Study days, online materials, webinars, e-Portfolio and online tracking

Programme Venues

Events take place between September 2020 - May 2021

  • Birmingham
  • Birmingham (Saturdays)
  • Bristol
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • London (Saturdays)
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Nottingham Late

*Important Information

The Nottingham Late Programme has events between November 2020 and July 2021 and is for candidates sitting the September 2021 assessment as their first attempt.

We are delighted to offer all trainees and tutors an e-Portfolio to save records of evidence in a format that will allow tutors to assess progress and provide feedback. In addition our new Online Tracking System gives tutors the opportunity to log in and see how their trainee is performing at any time of the day or night.

Programme Structure

Click here to view the Programme Structure

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The programme is mapped to the GPhC pre-registration pharmacist performance standards. This may be of use to employers when providing the GPhC with your training plan during the approval process for pre-registration training premises. If you would like to request a copy of the mapping document please contact Buttercups Training on

Tutor Training

We offer a complimentary online Tutor Training Webinars which will support both new tutors and more experienced ones. Tutors can participate live and/or review the recording after the sessions.

For those who feel they would benefit from a face-to-face tutor training session and the opportunity to network with other tutors, we offer a regional Tutor Training Workshop for an additional fee of £60+VAT.

Programme Leaders

Each learner is given an experienced and dedicated Buttercups programme tutor to facilitate their learning. They are available throughout the year for information and guidance and their role is one of a coach, a mentor and an assessor. The tutors will be sent a formal report on each trainee’s progress once the programmes are underway, usually between the 26-39 week period.

Pharmacist Support

"Pharmacist Support is an independent charity working for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy learners to provide help and support in times of need".

The Pharmacist Support web page contains a number of fact sheets that will provide you with valuable advice and information.

"Buttercups is a leading name in pharmacy training and I knew I was in capable hands."

Thorrun Govind, Buttercups Pre-reg 2015-16

"Buttercups have quickly established our confidence. We have no need to look elsewhere."

Barrie Smith, Pre-registration Managers, Paydens Group of Pharmacies

"You are always there for our colleagues and for me personally."

Kinga Pawlowska, Training and Development Manager, Tesco Pharmacy

"My pre-reg's love their sessions and can contact Buttercups whenever they need help or support. Personally I find Buttercups very accommodating and a pleasure to work with."

Amanda Kemp, Regional Pre-registration Facilitator for East Midlands Hospital Pharmacy

Course Features
Minor Ailments and Responding to Symptoms
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Communication Skills and Patient Counselling
Healthy Living Pharmacy
Clinical Topics by BNF/BNFC Chapter
Medicines Optimisation Workshop (including practical skills on MURs and NMS)
High Risk Medicines
Pharmacy Funding
Safeguarding & Clinical Governance
Skin and Wound Care
Pharmacy Management
Mock Registration Assessment and Revision Guidance
First Aid Training
Optional - Flu Vaccination Training and Leadership (for additional fee)
e-Portfolio and Live Online Tracking