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The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a national conversation with patients, the public and pharmacy professionals about what patient-centred professionalism means to them. The outcomes of this conversation will inform the GPhC’s future regulatory work, and in particular the review of its standards of conduct, ethics and performance.
The GPhC has contacted all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to inform them that it will be seeking their views as part of an evaluation into its approach to the regulation of registered pharmacies, conducted by ICF International (ICF).
The GPhC has published new guidance which sets out the key areas that need to be considered by registered pharmacies that provide services at a distance. All pharmacies that provide services such as the electronic prescription service, a collection and delivery service or an internet pharmacy service will be expected to follow the guidance.
A collection of objects charting the history of pharmacy, loaned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum, has gone on display at the General Pharmaceutical Council’s headquarters in Canary Wharf. It is a symbol of the importance of the relationship that exists between the regulator and the professional body for pharmacists. During a formal opening of the new display at the GPhC, both organisations commented on their respective roles in the context of a rapidly changing pharmacy environment.
Commenting on the appointment of Rose Marie Parr as the new Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: “I am delighted to learn of Rose Marie Parr’s appointment as Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland..."
The GPhC has published a report that looks at the quality of the education and training of pharmacy technician in England, Scotland and Wales. The report produced by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Issues at the University of Manchester, represents the first comprehensive study into the quality of pharmacy technician education and training since it became a fully regulated profession in 2010.
The GPhC has today published an important update paper, Modernising Pharmacy Regulation: from prototype to implementation, which provides an update on our new model for regulation of pharmacies including our prototype inspection model.
The GPhC has launched a consultation on its draft hearings and sanctions guidance. This guidance includes information on fitness to practise (FtP) proceedings for anybody who is interested or involved in a hearing. It also includes guidance for committee members on what issues or factors they must consider before deciding what sanction to apply.
The GPhC has welcomed a consultation by the Department of Health on two important proposals that will enable it to put on a statutory footing the publication of our inspection reports and move forwards on implementing a new way of regulating registered pharmacies.
The GPhC’s governing council has agreed to consult on proposed fee levels for 2016.