Research

We are committed to using research evidence, where available, to help ensure efficient, effective regulation. It is a powerful tool that can be used for future planning and to identify where resources are most needed.

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We regularly receive requests from students, academic researchers and other third parties for access to contact details of pharmacy professionals on our registers. We will occasionally facilitate research studies or other projects which involve us contacting registrants on your behalf. Requests will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Register analyses

GPhC register analysis 2011 (pharmacists) 
An analysis of the pharmacist part of the register comparing 2010 with 2011. The analysis was undertaken by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies, School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester on behalf of the GPhC. 

GPhC pharmacy technician register analysis 2012
The first baseline analysis of the mandatory pharmacy technician part of the register.  The analysis was undertaken by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies, School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester on behalf of the GPhC. 

Education research

We commission research and other studies in pharmacy education. Research includes:

Revalidation research and development programme

Background

In 2007, following publication of the White Paper Trust, Assurance and Safety – The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century the RPSGB (when it had both professional and regulatory functions) established a short-term Revalidation Advisory Group (RAG) to run in parallel with the Department of Health’s (DH’s) Non-Medical Revalidation Working Group (NMRWG). 

The NMRWG was one of seven working groups established to take forward the recommendations in the 2007 White Paper and its final report, Principles for Revalidation set out 12 high-level principles that regulatory bodies need to consider when preparing proposals for the revalidation of their professional groups. 

The RAG report, ‘A draft model for revalidation in pharmacy’ (available on request) comprised an analysis of different revalidation options and suggested various gaps in the knowledge base required to make informed choices for the implementation of revalidation in pharmacy. The report was submitted to the DH and in March 2009 the RPSGB was awarded a DH-grant to fund a revalidation research programme covering three related work streams: 

Work stream 1: risk within pharmacy practice (to inform the development of standards and processes for revalidation that are proportional to risk) 

Work stream 2: identification and evaluation of potential sources of evidence for revalidation, including employer appraisals and CPD records 

Work stream 3: Identification and evaluation of potential structures for the delivery of revalidation within pharmacy. 

A tendering exercise was undertaken and four research projects covering the three work streams were commissioned between July 2009 and February 2010. A Revalidation Research Programme Steering Committee was set up and assisted in assuring effective research governance arrangements for the research programme.

Research Findings

In September 2010, following demerger of the RPSGB, the programme of research initiated by the RPSGB was transferred to the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The revalidation research and development programme was completed in early 2011 and findings are available as follows:

 

Work stream 1 – Risk Assessment in Pharmacy Practice

Work stream 1 - Executive Summary  [PDF opens new window, 28KB]

Work stream 1 - Final Report  [PDF opens new window, 656KB]

 

Work stream 2 Project 1 – CPD records for revalidation: assessing fitness-to-practise using ‘revalidation standards’ and an Outcomes Framework

Work stream 2 Project 1 - Executive Summary  [PDF opens new window, 410KB]

Work stream 2 Project 1 - Final Report  [PDF opens new window, 3694KB]  

 

Work stream 2 Project 2 – Evaluation of appraisal and alternative sources of evidence

Work stream 2 Project 2 - Executive Summary  [PDF opens new window, 169KB]

Work stream 2 Project 2 - Final Report Volume 1  [PDF opens new window, 591KB]

Work Stream 2 Project 2 - Final Report Volume 2  [PDF opens new window, 920KB]

 

Work stream 3 – An exploration of options for the delivery of revalidation

Work stream 3 - Executive Summary  [PDF opens new window, 168KB]

Work stream 3 - Final Report [PDF opens new window, 1967KB]