Broad support for revalidation in consultation feedback

19 October 2017

Our report on the revalidation consultation we held earlier this year highlights that there was overall support for the proposals for revalidation for pharmacy professionals

Over 1800 individuals and 80 organisations responded to the consultation, with over 2400 others taking part in events and meetings across Great Britain.

During its meeting on 12 October, the GPhC’s governing council discussed the feedback received through the consultation.  The Council welcomed the support for the overall proposal and approach expressed by respondents to the consultation, but also considered in detail a number of specific concerns that were raised.

The majority of respondents agreed that the new requirements were clear and easy to understand, and would help to provide greater assurance that pharmacy professionals were continuing to meet the standards for pharmacy professionals and were keeping their skills and knowledge up to date.

There was also broad support for key components of the framework, including the introduction of a peer discussion and a reflective account, and the requirement for pharmacy professionals to submit their records annually.

Although the consultation feedback was generally positive, some respondents expressed concerns about specific aspects of the proposals.

A number of respondents raised questions and concerns about the peer discussion process, with some suggesting the proposed approach was not rigorous enough and others raising challenges around finding an appropriate peer. 

Another component of the framework, the inclusion of lay reviewers to ensure objectivity and consistency in the review process, received mixed feedback.  Whilst many saw the inclusion of the lay reviewer as bringing a balanced approach between the views of the profession and those of the public, others commented that the inclusion of a lay reviewer could reduce the robustness of the review process and affect the quality of feedback.

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said:  ‘Our work to introduce revalidation has been one of the most important pieces of work we have undertaken.  It highlights our commitment to regulate in a way that supports professionalism, encourages improvement and reassures the public about the care they receive.

‘We are encouraged by the broad support our proposals have received and will use the feedback we have gained through the consultation to further refine the framework before revalidation is introduced.’

Following the Council’s discussions on the feedback received, the GPhC will now consider if any changes need to be made to the approach, and what further guidance or other supporting information needs to be produced, before presenting the final proposals to the Council for approval. 

The Council will be asked to agree the timelines for the introduction of the revalidation at its meeting in December, and the GPhC will then share the timelines and other supporting information with all pharmacy professionals and employers. 

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