Who we work with

We work closely with many different people, groups and organisations.

Patients and the public

We regularly work with patients, carers and users of pharmacy services, and the groups that represent them to inform the development of our policies and the way we regulate.

Governments, the NHS, commissioners and providers

We work closely with the governments and the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as with local government and other commissioners and providers of health and social care. This helps us to ensure we regulate in a way that is responsive, and reflective of, developments in all three countries.

Professional and trade associations and bodies

We work with a range of organisations that represent the interests of pharmacy professionals or pharmacy owners. We meet with these groups to help us understand the experiences of pharmacy professionals and to inform our work.

Education bodies

We set standards for the education and training of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. To help us do this we work closely with organisations involved with pharmacy education and training.

UK health and social care regulators

We work together with other healthcare regulators to share information and examples of good practice. Find out who regulates different health and social care professionals in the UK:

Who regulates health and social care professionals? [PDF]

Who regulates health and social care professionals? - Welsh [PDF]

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) oversees the work of the GPhC, and the other health and social care professional regulators. The PSA reviews our performance, conducts audits, scrutinises our decisions and reports to Parliament.

Formal arrangement for working with others organisations

We have set up Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of organisations. These are formal arrangements that set out how we will work together. MOUs help us to share information and intelligence and to avoid duplicating work.

We have memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with:

the Care Inspectorate
the Care Quality Commission
the Disclosure and Barring Service
Health Education England
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales  
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons
the Home Office 
the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
NHS Borders
NHS Dumfries & Galloway
NHS Education for Scotland
NHS England
NHS Fife
NHS Forth Valley
NHS Grampian
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NHS Highland
NHS Lanarkshire
NHS Lothian
NHS Protect   
NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services
NHS Shetland
NHS Tayside
NHS Western Isles
the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
the Veterinary Medicines Directorate