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Revalidation to go live in March: RPS responds

“No one will be left behind”, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said regarding plans for revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, which the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced will start on 30 March 2018.

A statement from the RPS stated that they have “committed to supporting all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians so all are ready for revalidation. No one will be left behind”, and added that “the RPS will be on the road during 2018, running workshops locally to ensure everyone is ready for revalidation.”

From February onwards, all registrants will receive information and guidance explaining what they need to do and when by, but the requirement is for four CPD records, a peer discussion record and a reflective account to be submitted each year. Each should focus on how the CPD has benefited patients to ensure that the revalidation process is centred on improving care.

The final framework is expected to be published in the next few weeks, once the regulator has strengthened the guidance within this document in response to feedback received during the consultation process.

APTUK president Tess Fenn commented that revalidation provides “an important opportunity for pharmacy technicians to demonstrate the safe and effective care that they are already delivering directly for patients and the public”.

Lord Kirkwood, who chaired the regulator’s revalidation advisory group, said: “I urge pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to embrace this important change for the benefits it can bring to themselves and the people using their services.”

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