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GPhC to introduce revalidation for pharmacists from March 2018

GPhC: Pharmacists applying to renew their registration will have to submit CPD records every year
GPhC: Pharmacists applying to renew their registration will have to submit CPD records every year

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will introduce annual revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from March 2018.

In an announcement today (December 8), the GPhC said that from March 30 pharmacy professionals will “have to demonstrate that they are regularly reflecting on their learning and practice”.

They will have to submit four clinical professional development (CPD) records every year, along with another two CPD elements: “a record of a peer discussion and a record of a reflective account”.

Next year, registrants with a registration expiry date of December 31, 2018 will be asked to submit four CPD records when renewing their registration, while “the first tranche” of those whose registration expiry date is December 31, 2019 will have to submit all six records when renewing.

All registrants will receive information from the regulator in February 2018 to explain the process, the GPhC said, and there will be a new online portal to submit documents.

Revalidation "will enhance the public's confidence"

GPhC chair Nigel Clarke said: “We believe that the introduction of revalidation will further assure users of pharmacy services that pharmacy professionals will provide them with safe and effective care throughout their careers.”

The consultation on revalidation was informed by a three-year development programme, and received over 1,800 responses from pharmacy professionals.

The director of professional development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Catherine Duggan, said: “We support this focus on reflection and learning for all registrants and believe it will further enhance the public’s confidence and trust in the profession.

“Revalidation will further enable pharmacists to demonstrate their capabilities and be recognised for excellence in healthcare provision,” she added.

C+D's clinical and CPD editor Kristoffer Stewart explored what a “peer discussion” and a “reflective account” mean for pharmacy professionals here.

13 Comments
Question: 
Do you agree with the introduction of revalidation for pharmacy professionals?

Mike Jarrett, Community pharmacist

I knew that retiring was a good move in Dec 2015 ! Says nothing about dealing with patients, day to day organisation , giving good service. Academics are taking control ! 

Ghengis Pharm, Locum pharmacist

Hey Mr Nigel Clarke, how's your development measured?

Grace Ojo, Primary care pharmacist

Who makes these decisions. Just ridiculous.

M Yang, Community pharmacist

Does this pharmacists are still expected to submit their 9 CPD entries per year up to this point on top of whatever the GPhC are asking for? Or does it essentially mean that every pharmacist's CPD will start from a clean slate? I have 4 years of CPD entries from pre-validation that have yet to be called, so if this is the case then I guess I'm sorted for a long time (sans the peer discussion and reflective account).

Also, regarding pharmacists with a registration expiry date of 31st December 2019 or 31st December 2019 having to submit records based on the new system, am I right in thinking this is a simple oversight? Perhaps the article means to say year ending 31st December. After all, my registration expires in the month of July, so it makes sense that it would be year ending.

I agree with James Mac on the multiples manipulating this to exploit their employees. After all, I've been on the sharp end of performance reviews where my ability as a pharmacist was call into question when the real concern was whether or not I was hitting targets. For those of us in the world of independents and locums, it might help to foster better communication. I have many locum and technician friends and it'll give me an excuse to keep in touch more often.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Is your standard Joe Bloggs even aware of what happens, lest care, of accreditations within pharmacy beyond what they can see in front of them? I doubt confidence will change in the public. It is pretty easy to imagine confidence is motivated by more straightforward measures such as "How long do I have to wait to get my bag of medicines?"

James Mac, Community pharmacist

I forsee problems with this for locums, and also the big chains using revalidation to "motivate" poor performers. If there's any element of being signed off to revalidate by a workplace peer, it may require "performing" or better on your performance contract before the company signs you off... Unless you agree to take these suitcases to saudi arabia for us...

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Corrupt practices?? surely not in community pharmacy and definitley not multiples......

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

I think the only thing they need to ask us is "Why do you still want to be a pharmacist and put up with all this ****?"

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

Thr GPhC spent 3 years on this? Making a useless thing just as useless? It's nice to know they have their priorities in place.

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

I did all 2 years entries in one day, and scored 97% on my efforts. CPD records, revalidation, public confidence, really?

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Likewise. The easiest way to do your CPD is sign up for the C+D CPD Plus, bang through a bunch of modules and copy/paste the results - job done. I had my CPD called and all came back as 'excellent'. What a joke.

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

More box ticking. CPD = complete waste of everybody's time.

Boom Shakalaka, Locum pharmacist

No

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