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New standards will ’empower’ pharmacy professionals says GPhC chief

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: May 17, 2017 | UPDATED: May 17, 2017

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Duncan Rudkin, the chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, has insisted its new standards will “empower” pharmacy professionals and could spark “discussions about professionalism and person-centred care across pharmacy.”

The nine standards, whittled down from 57 after a consultation and which came into effect on Friday, revolve around person-centred care, leadership and greater accountability on behalf of pharmacy professionals.

The GPhC has written to all pharmacy professionals in the UK to get feedback on how they might apply the standards in their businesses.

The regulator has also asked all superintendent pharmacists to discuss with pharmacy owners how they will “create an environment in which pharmacy professionals working in their pharmacies are able to meet these standards.”

Rudkin (pictured) said: “These new standards will empower pharmacy professionals to use their skills, expertise and professionalism to provide safe and effective care to their patients, and to uphold the trust their patients place in them.

“All pharmacy professionals should now consider how to embed the standards in their practice, and should apply the standards whenever they are making professional judgments. We hope the standards will also act as a springboard for discussions about professionalism and person-centred care across pharmacy.

“Superintendent pharmacists and pharmacy owners also have an important responsibility to enable and support the registrants working for them to meet these standards, by providing an environment where professionalism can flourish.”