Join our Council and help uphold standards and public trust in pharmacy

We are looking for five new members of our governing council – three 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.

The new members will join our Council on 1 April 2019. 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.

Focus on reflection

We believe that encouraging pharmacy professionals to reflect regularly on their learning and practice will help to drive improvement in pharmacy practice. Revalidation for pharmacy professionals is the tool we use to encourage all pharmacy professionals to reflect regularly and to focus on the outcomes achieved for people using pharmacy services.

Get ready for GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on 25 May 2018, is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also covers the export of personal data outside the EU. But what does this mean for pharmacy professionals?

As a pharmacy professional, you should already be meeting our standards for pharmacy professionals, which require you to respect and maintain a person’s confidentiality and privacy.

New law allows pharmacy professionals to focus on responding and learning when things go wrong

On Monday 16 April 2018 we welcomed the introduction of a UK-wide criminal defence against inadvertent dispensing errors.

The new law will remove the threat of criminal sanctions for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in registered pharmacies in the event of them making an inadvertent error during dispensing, if the conditions for the defence apply.

The new law should encourage improved reporting and learning from errors by pharmacy professionals.

Reforming regulation: our response to the government consultation

We have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation.

The consultation asks questions about how to improve the protection of the public through more efficient, responsive and effective regulation. Responses to the consultation will help the government to consider future options for the development of regulation of health professionals in the UK.

Call for greater transparency about health professionals’ relationships with the pharmaceutical industry

NHS England has called for more healthcare professionals who have received payments and benefits in kind from the pharmaceutical industry to declare them on an individual basis, through the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)’s Disclosure UK- a central database set up in June 2016.