Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals

We are consulting on proposals to introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals. The consultation is open for 12 weeks (24th of April to 17th July 2017).

The proposals are for important changes to what pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must do each year to show that the trust in pharmacy professionals is well placed.

The proposals come about from three years of research and development done in collaboration with pharmacy professionals and involving members of the public. The changes make the requirements placed on pharmacy professionals more meaningful, proportionate and effective and reflect what members of the public, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians said they wanted.

Revalidation is something that health professionals and their employers know well from the models that have been put in place for doctors, nurses and midwives. The pharmacy professions are distinct from other professions and from one another so we are proposing something similar in name, but fundamentally different in design so that it is tailored for pharmacy.

We are seeking views from members of the public, patient representative organisations, pharmacy professionals, professional leadership organisations, unions, employers, funding bodies for health and social care, education and training providers and funding bodies, governments, regulators and others to help inform our approach and we look forward to hearing your views.

The consultation provides an opportunity to involve even more people in the development of the proposals and improve them further before they are implemented in stages, beginning in 2018.

You can find out more about revalidation for pharmacy professionals and the work we have done over the last three years to reach our proposals on this page.

We have developed a toolkit of materials to help promote the consultation which you can download here. These include a presentation and suggested newsletter copy and tweets.