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GPhC consultations and discussion papers

The GPhC has published the following consultations and discussion papers

Consultation on revised threshold criteria

The GPhC has launched a consultation on revised threshold criteria. The current threshold criteria have been used since 2010, hence now under review. New standards for pharmacy professionals will be launched this year and the threshold criteria will need to take these into account. The 12-week consultation was opened in December. Please send your views to Helga Mangion, NPA Policy Manager, by 27 February.

Consultation on religion, personal values and beliefs

Following the GPhC consultation on standards for pharmacy professionals, it was evident from feedback received that “what the law says and our own analysis and that the examples given are not compatible with person-centred care”.

Hence, there is a proposal of changing the wording under Standard 1. It is suggested that these proposals will change the expectations placed on pharmacy professionals when their religion, personal values or beliefs might impact on their ability to provide services. The GPhC continues to suggest that they will shift the balance in favour of the needs and rights of the person in their care.

Consultation on GPhC education standards for Pharmacy Registered Technicians consultation

The GPhC has now launched the consultation of the initial education and training standards for pharmacy technicians.

The consultation states that the main “challenge of setting these standards is to make sure that newly registered pharmacy technicians not only have the knowledge, skills and competence to perform the role of an early years registrant, but also have decision-making skills and a clear understanding of what it means to be a healthcare professional”.

It goes on to state that: “It is this combination of knowledge, skills, behaviours and professionalism which will allow future registrants to develop to meet future demands.”
The standards are in two parts:
1. IET standards for pharmacy technicians – learning outcomes
2. Standards for course provider

For more information on these consultations and to share your views, contact Helga Mangion, NPA Policy Manager, on 01727 858 687.

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