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a green cross imageOctober 23 2017

Pharmacists have raised more questions about the proposal to include peer discussion as part of the new revalidation process than any other aspect.

The proposal to include peer discussion as part of the revalidation assessment of a pharmacist was generally seen to strengthen the current continuing professional development process. However, “respondents were concerned that some members of the profession may find it challenging to find an appropriate person with which to discuss their professional practice.

“This was cited as being of particular concern for more isolated workers such as those working in remote areas, owners of small community pharmacies and locums who will come into contact with an ever-changing group of peers,” says the General Pharmaceutical Council in its analysis document of its recent consultation into the revalidation process.

“For many there was unease and uncertainty about their ability to find an individual they could trust and with whom they could have an honest and open conversation. A large number of respondents also linked this to the issue of specialisms and the difficulty in finding a peer who had sufficient knowledge and experience of their specialist areas of practice. Concern was also raised by pharmacy professionals working in other sectors, those taking career breaks or unemployed registrants as availability of a peer would be particularly difficult.”

The GPhC had responses from over 1,800 individuals and 80 organisations, and the process also included 2,400 others taking part at events across Great Britain.

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said: “Our work to introduce revalidation has been one of the most important pieces of work we have undertaken. It highlights our commitment to regulate in a way that supports professionalism, encourages improvement and reassures the public about the care they receive.

“We are encouraged by the broad support our proposals have received and will use the feedback we have gained through the consultation to further refine the framework before revalidation is introduced.”

The Council has met to consider the feedback and will now be considering how to fine tune the approach, as well as what additional guidance might be necessary. A finalised version will then go to Council for approval.

Links:
GPhcC announcement   
GPhC ‘Analysis report on the consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals’                  

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