Professional standards for pharmacy - have your say

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07 / 4 / 2016 1.55pm

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is currently consulting on nine new standards. Pharmacy professionals will need to meet these standards to ensure safe and effective care delivery. Over the next 12 weeks, the GPhC want to test their overall approach, which will replace their current standards of conduct, ethics and performance. 

What this means for employers

The new standards will apply to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across all settings. Pharmacy professionals will be expected to apply the following standards at all times:

  • provide person-centred care
  • work in partnership with others
  • communicate effectively
  • maintain, develop and use their professional knowledge and skills
  • exercise professional judgement
  • behave in a professional manner
  • respect and maintain the person's privacy and confidentiality
  • speak up when they have concerns or when things go wrong
  • demonstrate effective leadership.
The GPhC also has a suite of supplementary information to compliment the standards. This includes guidance on raising concerns, consent, confidentiality, maintaining clear sexual boundaries and where pharmacy services may be affected by religious and moral beliefs. The GPhC plans to review and update these guidance documents. 

Consultation toolkit

To help employers spread the word, the GPhC has developed an online toolkit. This includes a press release, news story, twitter posts, graphics, logos and a presentation. Help ensure it reaches as many pharmacy staff as possible so that the workforce has a say.

Have your say

The consultation runs until Monday 27 June 2016 and the GPhC welcomes feedback from individuals and organisations. There are a number of ways to respond including an on-line survey, downloading and completing the survey and sending to or hard copy in the post to the address provided. 

The GPhC will then discuss the analysis of the responses at its meeting scheduled in September 2016, taking into account feedback when considering the final standards.

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