The Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APTUK) have responded to the news that the PDA will be publishing a report on pharmacy technicians.
In response to this news APTUK made the following statement;
“APTUK, as the professional leadership body for Pharmacy Technicians, are clear and steadfast in their belief that Pharmacy Technicians are professionals in their own right and play an integral and important part in the delivery of safe and effective health care for patients and the public. Pharmacy Technicians are educated and skilled, through initial and post-qualification education and training, and our evidence suggests Pharmacy Technicians are working in increasingly diverse areas of practice with autonomy and the need to effect ethical and professional judgement.
“Pharmacy Technicians perform their duties within the confines of defined job roles and within the limits of their experience and knowledge, as other professionals do. A professional can be described as a person who is certified by a professional regulatory body through having completed a required course of study and/or practice. In addition, their competence can be measured against an established set of standards. The General Pharmaceutical Council is clear that ‘the register provides protection for patients by ensuring only those qualified, competent and under a duty to maintain high standards can work as pharmacy technicians in Great Britain’.
“APTUK awaits the publication of the PDA report with professional interest. At this stage, we are unaware of the evidence behind the report. The report has been compiled without any guidance or input from APTUK over the three year period despite the President raising this publicly in October 2017. However, we look forward to the publication of the key discussion points and the full report. We will actively be engaging in discussion and strongly encourage our members and Pharmacy Technicians to do the same. We believe that this will help to strengthen the understanding of the professional role of the Pharmacy Technician for all healthcare professionals and the public.”
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