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GPhC New Standards For Pharmacy Professionals Come Into Force

On 12th May 2017, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have published new standards for pharmacy professionals. All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain will have to meet the new standards to guarantee that people using pharmacy services receive safe and effective care and to maintain public trust and confidence in pharmacy.

The new standards, which have been reduced significantly from 57 to 9, explain how safe and effective care is provided through person-centred professionalism, and replace the standards of conduct, ethics and performance. Every standard is accompanied by described examples of how they apply to “pharmacy professionals” in practice.

Here are listed the new standards for pharmacy professionals.

  • Work in partnership with others
  • Communicate effectively
  • Provide person-centred care
  • Maintain, develop and use their professional knowledge and skills
  • Behave in a professional manner
  • Use professional judgement
  • Respect and uphold the person’s confidentiality and privacy
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Speak up when they have doubts or when things go wrong

The new standard reflect response from more than 2,700 pharmacy professionals, public and other stakeholders about what it means to be a professional, what is important in receiving safe and effective care; and what will maintain public trust in pharmacy. The standard are a declaration of what people expect from pharmacy professionals, and also reveal what pharmacy professionals expect from their co-workers.

The chief executive and registrar for the GPhC, Duncan Rudkin said that the new standards will encourage pharmacy professionals to use their skills, knowledge and professionalism to deliver safe and effective care to their patients, and to maintain the trust their patients place in them.

Now, the pharmacy professionals should consider how to place the standards in their practice, and should apply the standards whenever they are making professional decisions. GPhC hope the standards will also act as a foundation for discussions about professionalism and person-centred care across pharmacy, he added.

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