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a green cross imageDecember 21 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council has updated its strategic plan for the period 2017-20, to include a progress report on achievements so far. 

The GPhC is required to submit details to Parliament and the Scottish Parliament. Its ‘Strategic plan 2017-20: year two’ document says that achievements under its key goals include:

  • successfully launching new standards for pharmacy professionals and developing and publishing guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs;
  • carrying out “an important consultation” on the education and training of non-registered pharmacy staff, which will be used to help improve the approach taken to regulating pharmacies;
  • publishing new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians.

“We are also on track to begin implementing revalidation in pharmacy from 2018. Our preparations for introducing pharmacy revalidation include creating a new online portal for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This will allow them to manage their revalidation records efficiently and effectively alongside their annual registration renewal application,” says the report.

However, the document also raises concerns about the challenges facing society in general and pharmacy in particular. “Economic uncertainty and the continuing squeeze on public finances – seen in the wider NHS – are also affecting community pharmacy,” it says.

It believes uncertainty around Brexit will continue “and will lead to significant changes, particularly to workforce planning and medicines regulation. Changes to the legal framework covering our relations with EU countries will affect the current system of mutual recognition of professional qualifications. We will need to prepare for the impact of this.”

Links:
GPhC announcement     
GPhC ‘Strategic plan 2017-20: year two’                 

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