THE new standards for pharmacy professionals would probably be rolled out at the beginning of May next year, Lynsey Cleland, Director for Scotland at the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), told the audience at the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) conference in Glasgow.
The GPhC Council had considered the new standards when it met last month, and had agreed the standards “in principle, subject to some further tweaks”, which included the standard on personal values and beliefs.
That would be part of a wider consultation around managing personal values and beliefs, and the GPhC would provide guidance to help registrants meet the standard in what was a “very complex area”.
Over the next 12 months, the GPhC would also be consulting on updated education and training standards, starting with pharmacy technician training, followed by pharmacists and pharmacist prescribers. “We will also be looking at the wider climates around the pharmacy team and members of the team who aren’t registrants.
“There is a huge amount of work going on in this area and it is very timely, given that the Scottish Government have started discussions with the schools of pharmacy, with NES and other organisations around what structures need to be in place for the initial education and training of pharmacists,” said Lynsey.
CFtP roll out in 2018
Turning to the recent GPhC continuing fitness to practice (CFtP) pilot, she said they were not looking to “replicate the medical model of revalidation,” but instead build on what’s already there. “We want something that is consistent, flexible, and an approach based on continuous assessment, rather than fixed point assessment.”
The new approach comprised three elements: simplified CPD, which made “recording easier and focussed on the outcomes of learning and development for those using pharmacy services”; peer discussion, which was to “support reflection on practice with someone who has an understanding of the area in which you work”; and a case study to “encourage reflection on standards of pharmacy professionals, using real life examples of practice.”
Refinements would be made to the process after evaluation, and a formal consultation would take place in Spring. It is expected that CFtP would be rolled out in 2018.