New standards for the reflective account from October 2022
Full revalidation requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are being reinstated from 1 October 2022
As we announced on 23 March 2022, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are due to renew their registration on or after 1 October 2022 will need to submit all six revalidation records, which comprise:
- Four CPD records (two of which must be planned events)
- One peer discussion
- One reflective account
When writing their reflective account, pharmacy professionals are expected to reflect on one or more of the three standards, selected by the Council from our Standards for pharmacy professionals. The pharmacy professional must give one or more examples in their reflective account of how they have met the standard(s) in their practice.
At the Council meeting on 14 April 2022 the GPhC Council agreed that pharmacy professionals renewing their registration on or after 1 October 2022 would need to reflect on one or more of the following three standards in their reflective account:
- Standard one: Pharmacy professionals must provide person-centred care
- Standard two: Pharmacy professionals must work in partnership with others
- Standard five: Pharmacy professionals must use their professional judgement
These standards were selected because of their relevance during the pandemic where many pharmacy professionals adapted their approach based on the individual care and needs of patients; increasingly operated as part of multi-professional teams; and were required to use their professional judgement in particularly challenging circumstances.
Registration renewals before October 2022
Pharmacy professionals with registration renewal deadlines on or before 30 September 2022 (and registration expiry dates on or before 1 December 2022) only need to submit a reflective account when they renew their registration.
Pharmacy professionals with registration renewal deadlines on or before 30 September 2022 should reflect on one or more of the following standards in their reflective accounts:
- Standard 3 - pharmacy professionals must communicate effectively
- Standard 6 - pharmacy professionals must behave professionally
- Standard 9 - pharmacy professionals must demonstrate leadership
In their reflective account, pharmacy professionals may also want to reflect on:
- their experiences during the pandemic
- the ways in which they considered equality, diversity, and inclusion in their practice
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should reflect on those areas which demonstrate their individual experiences and learning over the past year.
To make the process easier for pharmacy professionals to track, standards one, two and five will remain in place from 1 October 2022 to 31 December 2024.
Having the same standards in place for two years will allow pharmacy professionals time to consider the standards in more detail, to build on their first account, and incorporate any feedback from the previous year’s submission.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can check their revalidation progress on myGPhC. Those whose revalidation is due this year should check the exact submission requirements for their revalidation date, as well as submission timeframes.
Further information about completing revalidation records is available in the revalidation section of our website.