Professionalism

Revalidation: all you need to know

The next time you renew on or after 1 October 2022, you’ll need to complete a full revalidation submission: four CPD records, a peer discussion and a reflective account. Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll need to do and resources to help you.

Recording planned and unplanned CPD

If you need to write up the CPD activities you have completed, there are templates you can use to help you write up both planned and unplanned CPD. Remember, at least two of your four CPD entries must be planned learning activities.

Patient safety spotlight: the risks of overprescribing Salbutamol inhalers for asthma

Specialist inspectors have identified cases of Salbutamol inhaler overprescribing of up to six inhalers per prescription by online prescribers. In this article, co-produced by our CPhO Clinical Fellow Aileen O’Hare and Toby Capstick, Consultant Pharmacist Respiratory Medicine, we explore the risks of prescribing high volumes of Salbutamol inhalers. We highlight the need for ongoing patient monitoring, counselling advice, inhaler device choices and discuss the clinical considerations when continuing treatment.

Clinical guidance

Changes to the requirements for entry to independent prescribing courses

Instead of pharmacists needing to be on the register for two years before applying for an independent prescriber course, applicants will need to have relevant experience in a pharmacy setting and be able to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber.

The GPhC Council has agreed to these changes to the requirements for entry to accredited independent prescribing courses after carefully considering feedback from a public consultation held in 2021.

Patient safety spotlight: how pharmacy teams can help minimise antimicrobial resistance

In an article introduced by our CPhO Clinical Fellow Aileen O’Hare, Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope and Eleanor Harvey from the UK Health Security Agency identify the risks of prescribing and dispensing oral antimicrobials and consider how pharmacy teams can minimise antimicrobial resistance.

Over the past six months we have received several concerns from members of the public in relation to the prescribing and dispensing of oral antimicrobials by pharmacist independent prescribers (PIPs) employed by online pharmacies.

COVID-19 vaccination for pharmacy professionals

Since COVID-19 vaccinations became available, we have strongly reminded all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across Great Britain that they should be vaccinated at the earliest opportunity, unless they are medically exempt.

The UK government announced on 31 January 2022 that it will not proceed with requiring vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and care staff providing CQC-regulated activities in England. The governments in Scotland and Wales have not indicated any plans to make vaccination a condition of deployment for health and care staff.

Introducing Gisela Abbam, our new GPhC Council chair

Gisela Abbam, GPhC Chair

We're delighted to welcome Gisela Abbam, who brings a wealth of health experience with her to the role.

Gisela Abbam was appointed by the Privy Council after a robust selection process which was scrutinised by the Professional Standards Authority. 

Gisela will officially take office on 14 March 2022, as current Chair, Nigel Clarke, who has been in position since 2014, completes the statutory maximum eight years in office. 

Tell us your views on changes to pharmacist independent prescriber training requirements

We are asking for your feedback on our proposal to remove the requirements for registered pharmacists to have two years of clinical practice, and to have relevant experience in a specific clinical or therapeutic area, before they can enrol on an accredited independent prescribing course.

We’re also asking for feedback on retaining the requirement for course participants to identify an area of clinical or therapeutic practice as the basis of their learning and in which to develop their practice.

Next steps on setting fees

Our governing council agreed that we should introduce a multi-year fees cycle and keep a flat-fee structure, rather than introduce differential fees, for registered pharmacy professionals at their September meeting.

We received over 2400 responses to the consultation we ran between March and June 2021, asking for feedback on our proposals for setting fees in the future. You can read a summary of what we heard in the consultation report [PDF 145KB].