Peer discussion was the element of revalidation I was most anxious about. As a profession, we tend to work in isolation, and this is particularly true for me as I spend my time writing from home for the pharmacy press, when I’m not going into schools to deliver drugs education workshops.
How was I going to find someone who understood my work, let alone could help me talk through an aspect of my practice in order to benefit those on the receiving end of my services? I thought long and hard, and then decided to ask a fellow pharmacist – someone who understands the nuances of working with publications for community pharmacy, someone who has been interested in and encouraging of my relatively recent move into drugs education work: Pharmacy Magazine (PM) editor Richard Thomas.
We met in person – we didn’t need to, but it felt easier – and agreed this was going to be a two way process, with us acting as each other’s peers for the purposes of the discussions needing to take place as part of the revalidation process. So there were two parts to this learning exercise, the first in listening to and supporting a colleague, and the second in working through something I felt I needed to tackle:
The writing up was also remarkably straightforward. The examples on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s website were helpful when I was unsure about how to compose my entry, so I’d highly recommend looking at those for anyone who is feeling at all worried.
So that’s another green tick on my revalidation record. Nearly there for another year.