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].

Celebrating ten years of pharmacy technician registration

This July we have marked the 10-year anniversary of pharmacy technician registration

It became a legal requirement for pharmacy technicians to register with the GPhC from 1 July 2011 and pharmacy technicians became a regulated health profession in Great Britain.

Our Chair and Chief Executive wrote jointly with Chief Pharmaceutical Officers to all pharmacy technicians on our register to thank them for the significant contribution they make to providing safe and effective pharmacy care to patients and the public.

Have you given your feedback on how we propose to set fees in the future?

Share your views on how we set our fees by 2 June 2021

We are asking for your views on how we set fees for registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, including our proposal to keep a flat fee structure rather than introduce differential fees for registered pharmacy professionals, as part of our current consultation on our draft fees strategy.