The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) introduced new revalidation measures for registrants in Spring 2018.
These measures replaced the regulator's old continuing professional development (CPD) only system, and aim to strengthen professionalism and help to ensure that your workforce's skills and knowledge are fully up to date.
The revalidation process will require pharmacy professionals to collect four CPD records in their first revalidation year, and further records of peer discussion and reflective accounts in following years. Staff will be asked to explain how what they have done has benefited people using pharmacy services.
Employers and pharmacists may find the GPhC's revalidation at a glance webpage useful as a starting point. They have also created a timeline for staff to understand what they need to do to revalidate.
Further resources, including a presentation and introductory video, are available on the GPhC website along with the full framework of the revalidation process.
If employers produce further resources to support pharmacy professionals with their revalidation, the GPhC is happy to review these, and answer any questions on revalidation, via the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting your workforce
As well as sharing resources, there are other steps your organisation can take to support pharmacists with revalidation, including:
- communicating and reminding pharmacy professionals that they will need to revalidate. To help, the GPhC have created a social media guide
- assessing what is needed to support revalidation in your organisation and put in basic plans to assist staff
- providing space and time for pharmacists to have reflective discussions where necessary
- allowing access to feedback where it already exists (including audits, satisfaction surveys, complaints and the pharmacist's individual appraisal)
- identifying application/renewal dates for your pharmacists
- ensuring staff have access to necessary IT equipment.