Numark are delighted to see that the GPhC has announced the launch of a major consultation to discuss some key developments on their existing inspection approach.
Numark released the following statement:
“The proposed introduction of intelligence-led and themed inspections means there is likely to be a more intuitive and robust process which is in the best interests of the pharmacy team and patients. Indeed their move to unannounced inspections will deliver transparency and much needed rigour from a pharmacy point of view and is an important step to driving standards that meet expectations of healthcare within local communities.”
“Following some initial criticism of the existing inspection outcome criteria, the introduction of two clear cut categories ‘standards met’ or ‘standards not all met’ will help deliver clarity and structure following the inspection process, whilst also extolling pharmacies that have demonstrated good and excellent practice. If pharmacy is to be at the forefront of health in our local communities, it is critical that certain criteria are met and that members of the public have access to inspection reports to allow them to make informed decisions about their health. The publication of the inspection reports is a positive step forward in helping to ensure the standards of every community pharmacy meets the expectations of patients, local authorities, healthcare providers and importantly regulatory bodies. Add to that sharing of best practice and community pharmacy is firmly positioned at the front line of public health, exactly where it should be.”
“Numark are working closely with the GPhC and are very much part of the discussions to help shape the inspection process for the future. We will also be formally responding to the consultation in due course.”