THE new standards for pharmacy professionals, came into effect today. The nine standards, which have been reduced from the previous 57, describe how safe and effective care is delivered through person-centred professionalism, and replace the standards of conduct, ethics and performance. Each standard is accompanied with examples to illustrate how they might apply in practice.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has today written to all pharmacy professionals to ask them to reflect on how to apply the standards in their practice. It has also written to all superintendent pharmacists, and asked them to discuss with pharmacy owners how they will fulfil their shared responsibility to create an environment in which pharmacy professionals working in their pharmacies are able to meet these standards.
Key themes emphasised in the standards include:
- Person-centred care.
- Demonstrating leadership.
- Greater accountability of pharmacy professionals.
Duncan Rudkin, chief executive and registrar for the GPhC said: “These new standards will empower pharmacy professionals to use their skills, expertise and professionalism to provide safe and effective care to their patients, and to uphold the trust their patients place in them.
“All pharmacy professionals should now consider how to embed the standards in their practice, and should apply the standards whenever they are making professional judgements. We hope the standards will also act as a springboard for discussions about professionalism and person-centred care across pharmacy.
“Superintendent pharmacists and pharmacy owners also have an important responsibility to enable and support the registrants working for them to meet these standards, by providing an environment where professionalism can flourish.”