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GPhC welcomes Interim NHS People Plan for England

The GPhC has responded to the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, said:

“We welcome the commitment in the Interim NHS People Plan to ensuring pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider pharmacy team play a greater role in providing care to patients across primary and secondary care.

“It is vital that the education and training of pharmacy professionals and the wider team gives them the necessary knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to successfully take on new roles and provide safe and effective care for people. We have already begun a major programme of work to modernise the standards for education and training of the pharmacy team so they can meet the needs of health services and patients in the future. This has included consulting earlier this year on significant changes to the standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists.
“We want to work closely with everyone involved to take forward the actions outlined in the plan, including working together to reform undergraduate and preregistration training to align with the vision for the future pharmacy workforce. We will also contribute wherever possible to the development of the full People Plan.”