Peer assessment as a method for facilitating cross-sector learning: A national pilot




Early career, Education, Peer assessment, Pharmacy


Background: The delay of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) pharmacist registration assessments in England due to COVID-19 created a need for innovative assessment methods. Peer assessment was identified as a potential method for use across the sector and geographical boundaries. The aim was to establish a model for a national peer assessment tool to support Early Careers Pharmacists (ECPs) development.

Method: Participating ECP submitted cases using a standard template to be anonymised and distributed to three peer reviewers. An external supervisor provided a final agreement on the feedback given.

Results: Two hundred and fifty pharmacists participated in peer assessment from a range of sectors and locations.   75.5% (n=566) of potential peer reviews were completed with an average score at expected standard for an ECPs. Commonality of sector experience between submitter and peer did not affect scoring.

Conclusion: These findings support acceptability and feasibility of asynchronous pharmacy peer assessment across sector and geographical boundaries.

Author Biographies

Frances Clymer, Health Education England, United Kingdom

North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

David Gibson , Health Education England, United Kingdom

North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation


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How to Cite

Clymer, F., & Gibson , D. (2022). Peer assessment as a method for facilitating cross-sector learning: A national pilot . Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 595–608.



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