Pharmacist and technician CPD records may be called for review by the regulator as a random sample each year, rather than each pharmacy professional submitting records every five years. The body is looking to encourage continuous recording of CPD, and avoid people undertaking the bulk of their recording only when their records are called.
A pilot study conducted by the GPhC, has confirmed that registrants selected at random continued to meet requirements at a level consistent with how they had performed under the current five-year cycle. “Evidence from the research and pilot study has indicated that pharmacy professionals will still undertake their continuing professional development activities and that a change in the approach might encourage continuous recording,” said a statement.
Additional support for the proposed change is largely drawn from a qualitative review of the GPhC’s current approach to CPD conducted last year, said GPhC. “Among the findings was a consistent message from pharmacy professionals who indicated that they valued undertaking CPD on a continuous basis, but recorded their activities often only in response to a call to submit records.”
The GPhC would randomly select a small portion (a minimum of 2.5 per cent) of pharmacy professionals on an annual basis for review, but the sample size could be increased as necessary. Other current CPD requirements would stay the same.
Commenting on the consultation launch, GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said: "Our proposed change to CPD underscores our commitment to improving the regulatory effectiveness and proportionality of our work, and ensuring that pharmacy professionals continue to demonstrate their professionalism by reflecting regularly on learning and development activities."
"CPD is a core professional responsibility and as the regulator we want to ensure that it continues to serve as a means of assuring public and patient safety.”
The proposal is under consultation, and comments are welcomed.