The General Pharmaceutical Council has approved new initial education and training (IET) standards for pharmacists at its Council meeting today.
Gail Fleming, RPS Director for Education and Professional Development, said:
“We warmly welcome the new IET standards and the ambition for pharmacists in future to qualify as independent prescribers. This is a significant step forward for our profession which will enable pharmacists to better fulfil their roles as medicines experts.
"We’re delighted about the creation of common learning outcome domains across the GPhC standards and RPS post-registration curricula which will create a clear continuum of professional learning and development throughout a pharmacist’s career. We’re also pleased to see that an equality impact assessment has been carried out and look forward to that being published.
“Implementing the standards will require investment and we hope that additional funding will be made available to ensure the necessary additional experiential learning is provided.
We look forward to working with the GPhC and other key stakeholders on the IET Advisory Group to ensure there is a robust transition plan so students and trainees can see how this will affect them over the next few years.”