GPhC consultations and discussion papers

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GPhC consultations and discussion papers

The GPhC has published the following consultations and discussion papers

Supervision of independent prescribers in training

Discussion paper on changing the current supervision of pharmacist independent prescribers (PIPs) in training, which forms part of a wider review of standards of education and training for PIPs. The paper suggests that supervision rights could be extended, so that all active and suitably experienced prescribers (e.g. pharmacists, doctors, nurses or other prescribers) are allowed to supervise PIPs in training during their periods of learning in practice. It also identifies measures which should be put in place if supervision rights are extended. Please send your views to Helga Mangion, NPA Policy Manager, by 23 January.

Revised standards, pharmacy technicians

Consultation on new draft standards for the initial education and training (IET) of pharmacy technicians. The revised standards aim to ensure that early career pharmacy technicians continue to be equipped both with the knowledge, skills and competence to perform their role, and also the professionalism and decision making capability necessary to be a healthcare professional. Helga is conducting further research into this area over the next few weeks, and welcomes your input before 13 February.

Religion, personal values and beliefs in person-centred care

Consultation on a revision to Standard 1 for pharmacy professionals, proposing new expectations of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians when their religion, personal values and beliefs might,
in certain circumstances, impact on their ability to provide services. The proposals shift the balance in favour of the needs and rights of the person in their care – for example, under the revision, a referral to another service provider might not be the right option, or enough, to ensure person-centred care is not compromised. Please send Helga your views by 1 March.

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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