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GPhC-pre-registrationNovember 5 2014

The General Pharmacy Council has presented its strategic plan for 2015-18 to parliament.

Updating the plan it issued last year, the GPhC says it wants its regulatory approach to have a positive impact on public and patient health and wellbeing outcomes. It takes into account the statements made by ministers across England, Scotland and Wales in the past year “about the importance of unlocking the full potential of pharmacy as a whole and the capacity of pharmacy professionals.

“The updated plan also takes into consideration some of the ongoing developments around the UK wide initiative which looks at the balance between medicines legislation and professional regulation and which is overseen by the Rebalancing Programme Board,” says the GPhC.

There are four main themes to the strategy:

•    proactive good quality regulatory services
•    putting people at the heart of what the GPhC does as a regulator
•    using the knowledge gained from its regulatory services and from its work with others in order to promote improvement in the quality of pharmacy care and services
•    promoting a culture of patient-centred professionalism in pharmacy.

The updated commitments for 2015-18 include:

•    a more contemporary context which reflects the GPhC’s improvements, ambitions and how it is moving forward
•    an acknowledgment of the themes of high profile cases and a reflection on the diversity of approaches across the three countries
•    a strengthening of its commitment to maintaining good engagement and high quality customer service
•    a further commitment to share its learnings from data, information and intelligence gathered, to highlight issues and opportunities for improvement within pharmacy
•    an acknowledgement of the major changes in the health and social care sector and the role for community pharmacies
•    further assurance that future professionals, as well as those already registered, are able to meet the needs of patients and the public.

Commenting on the report, Nigel Clarke, the GPhC’s chair, said: “There are many challenges facing healthcare in general and pharmacy in particular. Our updated strategic plan is a clear statement about the active contribution the GPhC intends to play in meeting these challenges.”

In the strategy’s foreword, Mr Clarke and the GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin say: “A positive development in the previous twelve months is the clear statements from ministers across Great Britain about the importance of unlocking the full potential of pharmacy as a whole, and the capacity of pharmacy professionals.

“This focus has been seen most notably through the publication of the Scottish Government’s report, A Prescription for Excellence, and NHS England’s Pharmacy call to action. The ambition within these reports and public policy in England, Scotland and Wales requires us to think about our role and the contribution we have to make.

“Furthermore the UK-wide initiative looking at the balance between medicines legislation and professional regulation overseen by the rebalancing programme board reminds us that public policy and regulation is dynamic and constantly changing.”

Links:

GPhC statement

GPhC strategic plan for 2015-18

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