Pharmacists must submit their CPD records before their annual registration expires under the new revalidation framework or risk not being allowed to practise, delegates were reminded on day two of the Sigma conference. The new revalidation process begins next month.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be required to submit four CPD records (two planned and two unplanned), as well as a peer discussion and a reflective account. These must be sent to the GPhC in time for registration renewal.
A peer discussion is undertaken through engagement with someone who understands a registrant’s work and involves reflecting on learning and practice, explained the NPA’s chief pharmacist, Leyla Hannbeck. A reflective account is designed to encourage practitioners to think about how they meet the GPhC’s standards for pharmacy professionals.
She explained the timeline for revalidation in the coming months:
Pharmacy professionals with a registration expiry date of December 31, 2018, will be asked to submit only four CPD entries when renewing their registration. These can be submitted when the renewal window opens on August 1.
Those with a registration expiry date of December 31, 2019, will be required to submit their full six records for revalidation as part of their registration renewal.
A show of hands among delegates showed that many were unaware of the impending revalidation timelines.