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Revalidation for pharmacists – what you need to know

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are now required to go through revalidation to renew their professional registration under changes made by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which came into force in April and replace the continuing professional development (CPD) only system. This is similar to the revalidation that people in nursing jobs have to go through regularly

Keeping skills and knowledge up to date

The revalidation process is designed to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians keep their professional skills and knowledge up to date; reflect on how to improve; and show how they provide the safe and effective care patients and the public expect.

Starting with registration renewals due by October 31 this year, every time a pharmacy professional renews their registration with the GPhC they will need to submit records to show how they have carried out and recorded revalidation activities.00

Step-by-step guide to revalidation

Under the new process, in the first year that pharmacy professionals submit revalidation records they will have to carry out, record and submit four CPD records.

For the second, and subsequent, years that validation records are submitted they must submit a peer discussion record and reflective account record in addition to the four CPD records (with at least two having to be planned learning activities).

These should be recorded and submitted using an updated myGPhC online system. Pharmacy professionals with a registration renewal deadline of October 31 will be the first group to submit four CPD records when they renew their registration.

Personnel failing to submit all records – perhaps because of sick or maternity leave, or a break from practice – must inform the GPhC and provide evidence as to why.

GPhC guidance on revalidation

The GPhC has produced detailed guidance on the process and has a revalidation framework setting out expectations and timelines to meet the revalidation requirement.

It highlights the records a pharmacy professional needs to make, how they should record them and what they should do if records are not submitted.

The guidance also covers how the GPhC will select records for review, provide feedback and offer follow up when criteria are not met.

Revalidation timeline

To renew registration, pharmacy professionals will need to set up an account on the updated GPhC system, though entries can be recorded offline using the revalidation record templates and transferred to the online system later. Pharmacists can check their renewal dates with a personal timeline on the website.

Once revalidation records have been submitted, the GPhC ensures they are correct before including the submission in the pool from which records are selected to review.

It will start reviewing CPD records in January 2019 and reflective account and peer discussion records in January 2020, with feedback provided within two months.

If you have any questions about the revalidation process, please get in touch with your Sanctuary consultant who will be able to offer any advice or guidance.
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