Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians
Published: 7th August 2017
As the pharmacy landscape continues to change, we again ask ourselves, what does the future look like for the pharmacy technician profession?
Currently work is in progress to support us with our future practice and extended roles. On the 20th October 2016, it was announced that as part of the Community Pharmacy 2016 and beyond review, NHS England declared a £42m Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) to support pharmacy to transform how it operates across the NHS for the benefit of patients over the next two years. The announcement indicated that PhIF will support community pharmacy as it develops new clinical pharmacy services, working practices and digital platforms to meet the public’s expectations for a modern NHS community pharmacy service’.
December 2016 saw a plethora of consultations released and much of APTUKs work has been formulating and responding to these. We believe that responding and giving advice, information, expert knowledge, professional views and our opinions is a crucial professional leadership activity.
We have responded to the GPhC consultation for the standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians; a significant consultation for the profession, as pharmacy technician roles move forward to a more clinically focused environment. We eagerly await the GPhCs evaluation of the responses and how this possibly will change the proposed standards.
APTUK were also consulted on the Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship Standards. This related to the first standards drafted for pharmacy assistant training; exploring whether they were fit for purpose for both the job role and for use across all pharmacy sectors.
The recently launched GPhC consultation on the revalidation framework proposes a number of changes that will affect all registrants and APTUK will be consulting with our members and responding to this.
Within the current constant of change it is important that we, as a profession in our own right, are able to be heard. APTUK encourage all pharmacy technicians to take every opportunity that arises to provide their opinions; influencing the future of our profession.
As the only UK professional leadership body specifically representing pharmacy technicians. We are proud to be a partner of the Pharmacy Show 2017 and encourage as many pharmacy technicians as possible to take the opportunity to come along, enhance your knowledge in the educational sessions and network with other pharmacy professionals. APTUK National Officers will be representing the Association at the event and we always enjoy this opportunity to meet members and other pharmacy technicians, so please do come along and find out more about us and the work we do promoting the advancement and safeguarding the future of the pharmacy technician profession.