Communicating with patients about anticoagulants

We were recently contacted by a patient in England who takes Warfarin about what he believes to be an inconsistent approach towards the requirement for pharmacists to do independent checks when dispensing anticoagulants.

The patient told us that in his experience some pharmacists appear to be following guidance to the letter, while other pharmacists do not appear to be even aware of it. This has led the patient to question why pharmacists need to carry out these checks.

Can you help us test new CPD proposals for continuing registration?

Could you be one of 1000 volunteers from all roles and settings of pharmacy practice we are seeking to take part in a pilot of the proposed new requirements for continuing registration?

The pilot, which will start in April 2016 and last eight months, will use feedback from volunteers to evaluate the impact of the proposed changes – so it’s an important opportunity to help shape our work and any future requirements we may set.

New duty for pharmacy professionals to report FGM

All regulated health and social care professionals in England and Wales, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, now have a mandatory duty to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in girls under the age of 18

Under the new measure, as a pharmacy professional in England and Wales you must personally contact police if you learn from a girl that they have had FGM, or if you observe physical signs that a girl under the age of 18 has had FGM.

Patient-centred professionalism: what we have learned

We’ve been busy analysing all the feedback we’ve received from everyone who joined our conversation about patient-centred professionalism between April and June this year

We heard from patients and the public, pharmacy professionals, trainees and students, as well as a range of pharmacy organisations across Great Britain.

What did people tell us? See the feedback we received in this animation

Peer review – what works for you?

On 10 September every pharmacy professional in Great Britain was invited by email to take part in the GPhC’s online workshop about peer discussion

The GPhC would like to thank the  1100 + pharmacy professionals who have joined the conversation so far and shared 2000+ contributions (ideas, comments, and votes); this has been a fantastic response and will really help to identify the best peer discussion approaches. Here are some of the peer discussion approaches that have been supported by workshop participants:

Can you help us uphold standards and public trust in pharmacy?

We are looking for three new members of our governing council – one of whom will be on our register – to help us achieve our aims of making a positive contribution to patient safety and encouraging improvements in pharmacy services

We have an ambitious programme of work ahead at this time of change for pharmacy, and our council has an important strategic governance and assurance role to play.

What’s involved? Hear from some of our council members about the role