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Pre-Reg Students and PVG Applications

Heather Couston

Thursday, July 26, 2018

It’s the time of year again when this year's Pre-Reg students get their placements with a Community Pharmacy. During your stint as a Pre-Reg student you may also have a hospital placement as part of your training. Hospital placements need you to be part of the PVG Scheme and might not let you attend the placement if you are not a PVG Scheme member.

Never heard of the PVG Scheme? Then please have a look at our website to find out more.

Your employer might ask you to join or update your PVG Scheme membership at the start of your placement but not all do. Take the matter into your own hands and ask them or maybe chat to your pharmacist or manager about it and take the opportunity to ask who is paying for the application. (£59 for a Scheme record and £18 for a Scheme Record update). Your employer doesn't need to fill in any part of the form but may have to complete a contacts page from us if we don’t already have their details on file.

Have you been given an application form and don't know what to do with it or even know if it’s the right form for you? We will send you an application pack that has all of the information required for the process.

There are many different types of Disclosure Scotland certificates and they are not all part of the PVG scheme. Please look at our Membership Status Chart to find out your own application form and record type needed. If you are not sure if you are a PVG Scheme member or have lost your previous certificate, then call Disclosure Scotland on 03000 2000 40 and select option 3 and ask the questions listed. Keep this information as we will need this to make sure you are sent the right application form.

Once the request for an application pack has been done you will need some other bits of information that you can look for while you wait for the form to arrive.

We will require 3 photocopies of ID with your form. (More details are available in the application pack)

One Item should be photographic if possible and one item needs your current address (no older than 6 months).

If there are no issues with your application form, the whole process takes about 21-28 days from start to finish. To help reduce the number of problems with application forms arriving at the last minute, we are appealing directly to you this year to get ahead of the game and be ready for your placement in plenty of time.