The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking its members’ views on the recent consultation launched by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) on religion, personal values and beliefs.
The consultation asks about changing the wording in the new standards for pharmacy professionals on providing person centred care, and in the accompanying guidance on the behaviours expected of pharmacy professionals in applying the standards which are due to come into effect in 2017.
The proposals state that pharmacy professionals must take responsibility for ensuring person centred care is not compromised when their religion, personal values or beliefs might, in certain circumstances, impact on their ability to provide services, and shifts the balance in favour of the needs and rights of the person in their care.
The proposed changes to the standards and guidance were prompted by feedback from the consultation last year on standards for pharmacy professionals and reflect the relevant legal framework of human rights and equality law.
The consultation deadline is 7th March 2017 and the RPS would like to hear members’ views on how this might impact on their practice and whether or not they agree with the proposed changes. Please send your comments and feedback directly to Aileen Bryson, Policy and Practice Lead in Scotland at [email protected] / 01315242008 by 22nd February.