RPS keen to work with GPhC on revalidation plans

Revalidation should enable pharmacists to demonstrate their capabilities and be recognised for excellence in healthcare provision.

The RPS has responded to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) consultation on revalidation.

The GPhC plans to introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals in stages, beginning from 2018, coming fully into effect in early 2020.  All pharmacists in Great Britain will need to complete the process to maintain their registration with the regulator.

RPS President Ash Soni and Professor Peter Kopleman, Chair of the RPS Faculty Board said:

“We welcome plans for revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  The RPS is committed to the principle that revalidation should support patient safety and confidence in the profession. In this way it should enable pharmacists to demonstrate their capabilities and be recognised for excellence in healthcare provision. 

“As new models of care develop, revalidation must be future ‘proofed’ and flexible enough to support pharmacists in newer roles such as pharmacists in General Practice and ensure patient safety wherever the clinical setting. Revalidation must meet the needs of pharmacists working across a wide range of roles including those in non-patient facing roles. The RPS requests that the GPhC should not inadvertently put in place barriers to completing the revalidation process for those pharmacists in non-patient facing roles (or who are away from their usual role, for example on maternity leave). We also believe that the revalidation process should distinguish between pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and reflect their different scopes of practice and career pathways.

“We support a simplified approach to CPD recording including reducing dual recording as this should enable pharmacists to focus on the impact of their learning. We additionally endorse the principles of a reflective account and peer discussion but are concerned that this does not become a ‘tick-box exercise’ that doesn’t deliver assurance or professional development. This underlines the importance of reviewers being appropriately trained and the entire process being quality assured to deliver confidence in the outcome, and true professional development. The RPS has professional standards, frameworks and tools in place that can support all aspects of revalidation and we look forward to working with the GPhC to support all pharmacy registrants for the benefits of patients.

Read the full response to the consultation here