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PStheCODE2February 17 2016

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland has introduced a new code of practice for pharmacists, which will take effect from March 1.

Replacing the last edition from 2009, ‘The Code (Professional standards of conduct, ethics and performance for pharmacists in Northern Ireland)’ has a reduced the number of mandatory principles to five:

  • always put the patient first
  • provide a safe and quality service
  • act with professionalism and integrity at all times
  • communicate effectively and work properly with colleagues
  • maintain and develop your knowledge, skills and competence.

The Code is set out so that each of the principles begins with a discussion of the types and obligations or matters which the principle is intended to address or impose.

“These are mandatory Principles that apply to all members of the pharmacy profession,” says the Code. “Whilst we do not specify how a registrant should meet our regulatory Professional Standards, a registrant must exercise professional judgement in interpreting them. A registrant must always act consistently with them.”

PSNI President Dr Jim Livingstone said: “The reduction in the number of principles from eight to five helps to make the code more succinct and has enabled the organisation to modernise and update both the language and the content.”

Presenting the new Code at a launch event at PSNI, Registrar Brendan Kerr noted that since the Code’s last review issues such as whistle-blowing, the duty of candour and the use of social media had all developed.

“This Code moves us on five years, and undoubtedly in another five years we will need to revise this Code, but what hasn’t changed and won’t change is the centrality of the first principle –‘Always put the patient first’, and as a pharmacist I know how central this is to all we do,” he said.

The Code is underpinned with a range of other documents covering professional standards and guidance covering aspects such as patient consent, patient confidentiality, the sale and supply of medicines, advertising, internet pharmacy services, pharmacist prescribing and raising concerns.

PSNI is holding two information evenings ahead of the new Code coming into effect. The meeting in Belfast will take place on February 18, and the one in Cookstown takes place on February 23. Places can be reserved through the online booking system on the PSNI website’s events page.

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Links:

PSNI announcement

PSNI code of ethics and standards documents 

PSNI ‘The Code (Professional standards of conduct, ethics and performance for pharmacists in Northern Ireland)’

PSNI events

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