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Info for Pre-Reg Tutors

Register your trainee for the UCA Pre-Registration Pharmacist Training Programme



A pharmacist must be registered as a Tutor before taking on a student. To become a Tutor, a pharmacist must have been registered for a minimum of three years and attend a one-day course run by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. After 5 years, the Tutor needs to attend a half-day refresher course.  Pre-reg Tutor courses are held each spring and registration is available on the PSNI website.

If you are unsure when you are due to attend the refresher training, you can check via the Society's list here.

Pre-Reg Tutor information is available on the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland website. For further information, contact the Society on telephone 028 9032 6927.

Every pharmacy offering a placement is invited to list their details in the UCA Pre-Reg Placement Guide which is distributed to all 3rd year undergraduates at UK Schools of Pharmacy.

The pharmacy owner is entitled to a grant for each student, which is paid quarterly. Grant application forms are available from the Business Services Organisation. A copy of the form is included in the Tutor Pack, provided by the UCA.


For all pharmacies in Northern Ireland we provide:

Pre-Reg Placement Guide Listing - Placement details should be submitted to Natalie Mulholland: natalie@uca.org.uk.

  • UCA website users can log in to access the form in the DocStore
  • Otherwise, simply request a copy from the UCA office

Placement Details Update - Any changes or additions to your placement offering can be emailed to students at any time

Promotional Space - As well as your individual placement listing(s), you have to opportunity to showcase you placement(s) in the bound and electronic Pre-Reg Guide. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

Tutor Pack - Useful documents including a template application document and a placement agreement form!


The UCA Pre-Registration Pharmacist Training Programme is open to all Pre-Registration Pharmacists in Northern Ireland and takes place over eight days during the academic year.

The main aim of the UCA programme is to support the development of well-rounded pharmacists.

  • Supports tutor training by providing focussed learning
  • Opportunity to share good practice with fellow trainees
  • Guidance on effective and confident patient communication
  • Focus on gaining practical knowledge & experience
  • Complements compulsory training courses
  • Seminars delivered by expert speakers
  • Hands-on experience with medical devices and products
  • Puts clinical knowledge in to practice

The UCA recognises the importance of developing an integrated and valued member of the team as well as the professionalism expected of a registered pharmacist.  Trainees also need skills to work in the new TYC environment.

All seminars, from clinical and business to soft skills, delivered by expert pharmacists and clinicians

  • The UCA programme consists of career relevant topics, based on participant feedback.
  • Training days do not conflict with holiday periods or other compulsory/non-compulsory training.
  • Materials and external resources for subjects covered each day are supplied to build up the folder provided to trainees on Day One, creating a useful resource as they embark on their career.

Exclusive to the UCA Programme:

UCA's programme is delivered by experienced pharmacist/trainer Sharon McEvoy and facilitated by Mairead Conlon. Mairead, who has enjoyed a varied career in pharmacy will liaise with students and tutors throughout the programme offering guidance and mentoring for our future pharmacists.

Here's what a few of our former trainees have said:

"I have gained so much practical knowledge & skills, helping me through my pre-reg year"
"I would fully recommend the UCA days as they are highly interactive, informative and applicable to everyday practice"

"The hands on sessions were really good for giving us tips and advice for patient consultation and seeing devices in action"
"Learning more about the impact of coding errors was very useful, to ensure prompt and accurate reimbursement"
"I really enjoyed the UCA days, learning valuable tips for life in the real world that wasn't shown to us anywhere else"
"There's a broad range of topics on the UCA programme, I would certainly recommend it to next years' intake"

For any information regarding Pre-Registration Support, contact Natalie Mulholland at the UCA Office.


Adrienne Clugston, Operations Manager

Mairead Conlon, PACT Co-Ordinator

Natalie Mulholland, Administrative Assistant

UCA Office

5 Annadale Avenue

Tel:  028 9065 6576


Office Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00am -5:00pm