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Continuing Professional Development

As a registered pharmacy technician it is a mandatory requirement to maintain a CPD record and submit these records to the GPHc when called to do so.

Are you looking for help with CPD ideas?

Join APTUK and you could find a branch near you. See the branches page for details of how branches promote education and encourage CPD.

Join APTUK and you will be able to access the CPD members pages which signposts pharmacy technicians to CPD opportunities.

Are you unsure if your CPD entries meet the CPD standards as required by the GPhC?

APTUK is pleased to offer a pre-review service to offer support and advice in advance of submission of your CPD records to the GPhC.

The CPD pre-review service is available free of charge to full APTUK members and £50.00 to non-members (to include a 1 year membership to APTUK). Full details including how to apply can be found on the CPD members pages.

CPD is changing!

The General Pharmaceutical Council launched their ‘Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals’ on 24th April 2017.

The consultation asks for views and opinions on the proposed new model to be used, by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, demonstrating how they are keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date. The new model is an extension of the current continuing professional development (CPD) model and is being proposed to provide the public with more assurance that their trust in pharmacy professionals is upheld.

During the last three years the GPhC have been looking at the current CPD model, engaging with pharmacy organisations, pharmacy professionals, patients and the public. It is judged that the focus of CPD should be more about the outcomes of learning and development activities, and the effect this has on one’s own pharmacy practise, benefitting the people who use pharmacy professional services. 

During the development phase the new framework has been known as ‘Continuing Fitness to Practise; however the GPhC received feedback that this terminology was confusing and it is now being called ‘Revalidation’ in line with other healthcare professionals’ models.

The proposed new framework informs pharmacy professionals what they must do each year:

Commenting on the consultation, Tess Fenn, APTUK President, said:

“APTUK have been involved as a key stakeholder throughout the ‘research, testing, piloting and evaluation’ development stages of the new framework making sure it is suitable for pharmacy technicians. It is pleasing that the consultation is now released and APTUK urge all pharmacy technicians to have their say in the future requirements, due to be implemented in 2018. APTUK will be consulting our members for their thoughts and opinions to support the leadership body’s consultation response.  A workshop on ‘What you need to know: GPhC’s plans to change CPD and how to give your views’ is also running at our annual professional conference, 2nd & 3rd July 2017”

The consultation closes on the 17th July 2017 and for further information https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/revalidationconsultation

To review and book onto the APTUK 2017 Annual Professional Conference & Exhibition Programme http://www.aptuk.org/events/conference-2017/