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General Pharmaceutical Council introduces revalidation for pharmacy professionals

Published: 11th February 2018

 

This year the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will begin introducing revalidation for pharmacy professionals. All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain will have to demonstrate that they are regularly reflecting on their learning and practice, keeping their knowledge up to date, and that they have the right attitudes and behaviours to provide safe and effective care to people using their services.

Revalidation further assures the people using pharmacy services that their trust in pharmacy professionals is well placed and that pharmacy professionals are continuing to meet the standards throughout their careers.

Once revalidation is fully implemented, all pharmacy professionals will have to complete and submit four CPD records, a record of a peer discussion and a record of a reflective account each year when they renew their registration. They will be asked to explain in each record how what they have done has benefited people using pharmacy services. Reducing the number of CPD entries that are submitted has made space for the introduction of a peer discussion and reflective account. And a new streamlined version of the myGPhC online portal is being introduced for recording and submitting records.

In 2018, the first group of pharmacy professionals with a registration renewal deadline of 31 October will be asked to submit four CPD records when renewing their registration. All pharmacy professionals renewing their registration at any point in the year after that date will also be asked to submit four CPD records. In 2019, the first group of pharmacy professionals with a registration renewal deadline of 31 October will be asked to submit their full six records for revalidation (four CPD records, a record of a peer discussion and a reflective account) when renewing their registration. From then on, all pharmacy professionals will need to submit their full six records for revalidation every year when they renew their registration.

APTUK are committed to supporting its members with the transition to revalidation and are currently considering effective methods to communicate the new requirements along with mechanisms to support its members with engaging with the new process, relaying potential fears and overcoming any barriers to achieving effective revalidation.

APTUK President, Tess Fenn said “As revalidation is a new requirement from the GPhC, that brings a different approach to the CPD we have all become familiar with, we understand that pharmacy technicians may have concerns and anxieties. Although it is the responsibility of each individual GPhC registrant to comply with revalidation, APTUK are here to provide support and guidance to our members to make this change as trouble-free as possible.”

Further information, support and resources are available at https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/revalidation by following @TheGPhC on twitter or at Facebook.com/TheGPhC