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GPhC issues new guidance on religion, values and beliefs

The General Pharmaceutical Council has published new guidance to help pharmacy professionals when their religion, personal values or beliefs might impact on their willingness to provide certain services.

This is the first major review of guidance to sit under the GPhC’s new standards for pharmacy professionals. It has been developed to reflect the current legal framework and sets out the relevant factors that pharmacy professionals should consider to support their professional decision-making.

The guidance includes key questions that pharmacy professionals should ask themselves when thinking about how they can ensure and demonstrate that they have provided person-centred care.

The guidance, which can be accessed here, also emphasises the important responsibilities of employers for creating and maintaining a person-centred environment, and ensuring the safe and effective delivery of pharmacy services, as well as creating fair working environments for employees.

The guidance is also clear that referral is still an option, but may not always be enough – for example, if a service is not accessible or available elsewhere or, if due to the person’s vulnerability, a referral would effectively obstruct timely access to the service.

Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the GPhC, said: “We recognise and respect that a pharmacy professional’s religion, personal values and beliefs are often central to their lives and can make a positive contribution to their providing safe and effective care to a diverse population.

 “This guidance is intended to reflect the broad range of situations when a pharmacy professional’s religion, personal values or beliefs might impact on their willingness to provide certain services. It will support pharmacy professionals to make good decisions and provide person-centred care, within the legal framework.”

 

 

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