General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) – New Standards and Inspection Regime for Registered Pharmacies – Pharmacy Act 2012

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) – New Standards and Inspection Regime for Registered Pharmacies – Pharmacy Act 2012

Are you familiar with your Safeguarding Responsibilities under the new GPhC Standards?

Are your staff competent, and trained in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults?

Are you ready for your Inspection later this year?

Are you compliant with your Safeguarding Responsibilities?

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has developed new standards for registered pharmacies introducing new changes in pharmacy regulation, moving from a rules-based approach to one focusing on the achievement of results for patients.

They replace the interim standards for pharmacy owners and superintendent pharmacists of retail pharmacy businesses from 28 September 2012, and will have a full range of enforcement powers by October 2013.

These new standards are designed to strengthen the regulation of pharmacies and identify Safeguarding as a key responsibility in the 5 Key Principles.

To download a copy of the Standards document click below:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/sites/default/files/Council%20September%202012%20Standards%20for%20Registered%20Pharmacies.pdf

Your Pharmacy should:

Principle 1.

Have governance arrangements safeguard the health, safety and well being of patients and the public. Appropriate governance arrangements include having clear definitions of the roles and accountabilities of the people involved in providing and managing pharmacy services. It also includes the arrangements for managing risks, and the way the registered pharmacy is managed and operated and includes

1.8  Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.

Principle 2.

Staff are empowered and competent to safeguard the health, safety and well being of patients and the public.

The staff you employ and the people you work with are key to the safe and effective practice of pharmacy. Staff members, and anyone involved in providing pharmacy services, must be competent and empowered to safeguard the health, safety and well being of patients and the public in all that they do

2.1 There are enough staff, suitably qualified and skilled, for the safe and effective provision of the pharmacy services provided

For more information go to:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/standards/standards-registered-pharmacies

If you find difficulty in answering some of the below questions then Athena can help you.

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  • Do you know what to do if a patient is unable to make decisions i.e. lacks capacity?
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  • What should you do if you become aware that a patient is suffering domestic abuse?

Please contact us know to find out how we can help you.

For more information please visit www.pharmacyregulation.org