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COVID-19: GPhC temporarily registers over 3,000 former pharmacists

The GPhC's emergency powers were used to reinstate pharmacy professionals onto the register
The GPhC's emergency powers were used to reinstate pharmacy professionals onto the register

The GPhC has temporarily re-registered over 3,000 former pharmacists and over 2,000 former technicians to bolster frontline efforts responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that an additional 3,332 pharmacists, as well as an extra 2,909 pharmacy technicians, will be able to return to work while the virus rages, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) announced today (March 27).

It comes after health secretary Matt Hancock asked the regulator to use its “emergency powers…to rapidly register pharmacy professionals to assist in the national response to the current emergency”, the GPhC said.

The temporary register includes those who had voluntary removed themselves from the register or had been removed by the GPhC for non-renewal and did not have fitness-to-practise issues over the past three years. Those eligible for re-registration were given the chance to opt out, the regulator said.

The new temporary workforce will have to adhere to the regulator’s standards for pharmacy professionals, it stressed.

"A significant difference"

GPhC CEO Duncan Rudkin thanked those who had chosen to re-register and provide help to the sector, which is under “significant pressure” because of the outbreak.

“Their contribution will make a significant difference in the response to this pandemic,” he said.

Yesterday (March 27), the GPhC announced it was postponing both of 2020’s registration exams and, alongside the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, is looking into granting “a form of provisional registration” for current pre-registration trainees.

8 Comments
Question: 
Are you among the professionals who were given temporary registration by the GPhC?

Industry Pharmacist, Head/Senior Manager

Kept my registration as it's a requirement as a Final Medical Signatory...but you'll never see me in a patient facing role again. And I'm an IP, as well. That tells you how much abuse I received working in the community and general practice. Never again.

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

Companies drafting in cheap reinforcements and cancelling liocum shifts en masse
I have had all my shifts cancelled for Lloyd's and asda for next week and they were booked at cheap rate £20 per hour too !!

David Moore, Locum pharmacist

On the other hand, the threat of being struck off doesn't quite hold the fear it used to have.

ABC DEF, Primary care pharmacist

''This means that an additional 3,332 pharmacists, as well as an extra 2,909 pharmacy technicians, will be able to return to work'' 

I wonder how many of those numbers will be ''willing'' to come back to work. GPhC should feel grateful if 5% of those eventually turn up.

Kevin Western, Community pharmacist

Start reading SOPs ...should only take you a week or so per company

David Moore, Locum pharmacist

So after a gap of 14 months, I can now call myself a pharmacist again. Not sure if I should celebrate or not.
And in no rush to get back into the dispensary.

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

What is the rate of pay?

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

I wouldn't bother if I were you.We are treated like something on the end of someones shoe and paid accordingly....

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