In October 2017, The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) published revised Initial Education and Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians (IETs). These Standards will ensure that pharmacy technicians have the right knowledge and skills for current and future workforce requirements at point of registration with the GPhC. A copy of the IETs are available to view here.
The qualification has been created to additionally support:
Skills for Health have been commissioned by Health Education England to facilitate the collaborative development of a new qualification to meet the IET Standards for pharmacy technicians. Skills for Health have been working with subject matter experts and educational Awarding Organisation to develop the qualification which will be made available in England and Wales in 2019.
Skills for health have today 2nd July 2018, published a consultation to gather feedback on the content of the qualification. The consultation closes at 12pm on Monday 30th July 2018, the consultation can be accessed here.
Consultation responses will be analysed by the Awarding Organisations and amendments made before the final draft of the qualification is submitted to the GPhC and Ofqual for approval
APTUK recognises the significant importance of the development of this new qualification . It is imperative that the qualification meets the GPhC standards as published in the revised IETs, as the qualification will be the basis for pharmacy technician training for the next 5-10 years. The contents also needs to be reflective of the changing demands being placed on the pharmacy technician workforce. Therefore, we are strongly urging pharmacy technicians and their employers to engage with this consultation, as this is your chance to contribute to the design and delivery of the new qualification. APTUK will be providing a response to the consultation based on the views of its members and we will be engaging with members in the near future regarding this. APTUKs' consultation response will be published on the APTUK website in due course.