Ensuring a safe and effective pharmacy team

We are consulting on new guidance for pharmacy owners which outlines what they are expected to do to ensure everyone in the pharmacy team can provide safe and effective services to patients and the public.

The consultation is open from 20 July to 11 October 2017.

The proposed guidance for pharmacy owners covers both registered and unregistered staff, including managers who are not registered pharmacy professionals.

Raising awareness of the Truth Project

In your role as a pharmacy professional you may come across someone who has suffered sexual abuse as a child.

If you have received safeguarding training, you will be aware of the correct action to take if a patient discloses that they have been abused.

But you also might want to make them aware of the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and, specifically, the Truth Project.

Take part in the first survey into community pharmacy workforce development needs

Health Education England (HEE) is inviting over 11,500 community pharmacies in England to participate in the first ever national survey looking at training and development needs across the community pharmacy sector workforce.

The GPhC is encouraging all community pharmacies in England to respond to the survey, which is designed to inform the commissioning of clinical education and development for community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider team.

Focus on delivering person-centred care for older people

The attitudes and behaviours of pharmacy professionals can have an impact on patient outcomes, both positive and negative. Understanding the individual needs and concerns of older people is key in delivering person-centred care, a core element of the new standards.

In this article we have teamed up with Age UK to raise awareness of how pharmacy professionals can help older people with some of the challenges they can face within a pharmacy setting.