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Response to PDA

The PDA has written an in-depth report that assesses the current role and capabilities of Pharmacy Technicians in the UK. The 300-page document, which has taken 3 years to compile, highlights proposals to develop the roles of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and the skill mix required to meet patients' needs.

APTUK welcomes the launch of new government consultations

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a public consultation on two draft proposals, developed over a period of time by the Rebalancing Programme Board. The draft proposals relate firstly, to extending the defences for inadvertent preparation and dispensing errors already in place for pharmacy

NHSE Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes - Webinars

HS England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are hosting 4 webinars on 12, 19, 26 and 27 June to help pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, providers, STPs/ICSs and commissioners find out more about the 2018/19 Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme, funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

APTUK and PCPA working together to support the professional development of Pharmacy Technicians in Primary Care

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) and the Primary Care Pharmacy Association are working collaboratively together to support and promote the professional development of primary care pharmacy technicians.  APTUK and PCPA consider this to be in the best interest of their members, patients, the public, pharmacy and healthcare as a whole.

How to remove, save or print CPD records from up to date.org

Would you like to know how to remove, save or print CPD records from up to date.org?

APTUK Step up to Revalidation Newsletter – April 2018

APTUK aims to support its members now that the GPhC has introduced revalidation for pharmacy professionals and this second newsletter explains what you need to know to ‘Step up to Revalidation’

The long awaited New Dispensing Errors Legislation comes into force

The 16th of April 2018 marks the commencement of The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018. This marks a major step forward for pharmacy professionals, and APTUK hope that this new legislation will lead to greater reporting and learning from errors, further enhancing the care that pharmacy professionals provide.

78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy & and Pharmaceutical Sciences

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) & Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) host the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy & and Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Qualification development

New qualification to meet the recently revised General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Initial Education & Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians (IET) is underway and to be ready for September 2019.

Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technicians ‘Fitness to Practice’ position statement

Pharmacy Technicians, as part of the Pharmacy team, have a vital role to play in preventing medication errors, through intervention and safe practice. As a final accuracy check is the last step in the process prior to the medicine being given to the patient, APTUK advocates that responsibility and accountability determines that this check should only be undertaken by suitably qualified and competent registrants of the Pharmacy regulator.

Improved asthma and dementia care from community pharmacists under new quality scheme

NHS England latest figures are showing  community pharmacies in England are now providing improved asthma and dementia care.

Quality payments

NHS England publish a summary of Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme: Data declaration infographic from contractors who took part in the Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme in 2017/8.

GPhc Registration Renewal Fees to Remain at Current Levels

At it’s Council meeting this week (8th March 2018) the GPhC has decided that registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the financial year 2018/19.

GPhC Council Agree Implementation Date for Revised Criteria for Registration as a Pharmacy Technician

At it’s Council meeting this week (8th March 2018), the GPhC agreed that revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician in Great Britain will come into effect on 31 August 2018.  This is planned to be in advance of the 2018-2019 academic year.  The criteria set out the required education, training and experience needed in order to register as a pharmacy technician.

About the NHS111 IUCCAS Training for pharmacists

Pharmacists working in NHS111 or Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Services are being offered fully-funded training to support them in their roles. The training aligns with the new NHS England Integrated Urgent Care service specification, and the newly developed NHS11/ IUC Workforce Blueprint and careers framework.

APTUK responds to Secretary of State for Health’s measures to improve patient safety

A study carried out by researchers from the Universities of Sheffield, York and Manchester found NHS medication errors could be playing a role in more than 22,000 deaths a year in England.

General Pharmaceutical Council introduces revalidation for pharmacy professionals

This year the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will begin introducing revalidation for pharmacy professionals. All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain will have to demonstrate that they are regularly reflecting on their learning and practice, keeping their knowledge up to date, and that they have the right attitudes and behaviours to provide safe and effective care to people using their services.

GPhC Advises on Revalidation Plans Following the Bawa-Garba Manslaughter Ruling

This week the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has issued a statement to reassure pharmacy professionals over the reflective element of its revalidation process after the government announced a review of medical malpractice cases. 

APTUK responds to BBC Inside Out programme aired on 8th & 9th January 2018

Pharmacy Technicians, as healthcare professionals regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), work within the pharmacy team in all healthcare settings; hospitals, care homes, GP practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups, prisons, Ministry of Defence, pharmacy industry, training and education providers and community pharmacies. Patient safety is paramount and pharmacy technicians acknowledge that dispensing and finally accuracy checking powerful dispensed medicines is a huge professional responsibility.
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