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a green cross imageDecember 13 2017

The new revalidation process for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will come into effect from March 30 2018, the General Pharmaceutical Council has announced.

Under the new scheme, in order to continue on the register, pharmacy professionals will be asked each year to complete and submit:

  • four CPD records;
  • a record of a peer discussion;
  • a record of a reflective account.

“They will be asked to explain in each record how what they have done has benefited people using pharmacy services, to make sure improving the care people receive is at the heart of the process.”

The proposed timetable for introducing the new scheme is:

  • all registrants will receive tailored information and guidance from February 2018 onwards to explain what they will need to do and when;
  • a new online portal will be made available to registrants to record their revalidation records in March 2018;
  • the first tranche of registrants with a registration expiry date of December 31 2018 will be asked to submit four CPD records when renewing their registration in 2018;
  • the first tranche of registrants with registration expiry date of December 31 2019 will be asked to submit their full six records for revalidation (four CPD records, a record of a peer discussion record and a reflective account) when renewing their registration in 2019.

Approval for the new system was given at the Council’s meeting last week, although additional modifications will be made to the revalidation framework to reflect comments made during the consultation on the proposals, said the GPhC.

“These include strengthening guidance within the revalidation framework, and producing new guidance and supporting information to further explain some parts of the process, including peer discussion and the reflective account. The final framework is expected to be published in the coming weeks.”

GPhC Chair Nigel Clarke described the introduction of revalidation as “significant step-change” for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. “We believe that the introduction of revalidation will further assure users of pharmacy services that pharmacy professionals will provide them with safe and effective care throughout their careers.

“We have been working towards this goal alongside a range of groups, professionals, employers and patients for a number of years to make sure we can collectively bring revalidation forward in a robust and evidence based way. Going forward we will continue to work collaboratively with these groups as we make revalidation a reality.”

Dr Catherine Duggan, Director of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “Revalidation will further enable pharmacists to demonstrate their capabilities and be recognised for excellence in healthcare provision. We support this focus on reflection and learning for all registrants and believe it will further enhance the public’s confidence and trust in the profession.”

Links:
GPhC announcement     
Today’s Pharmacist coverage of consultation       

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