We have launched a new e-course designed to help those of you returning to pharmacy practice after a gap in professional service, including those returning to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) temporary register.
Guide to returning to pharmacy practice has been developed in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent unprecedented demand on pharmacy services in England.
We have liaised with colleagues across the profession while developing this programme, including NHS England and NHS Improvement, Health Education England, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).
The GPhC has contacted pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have voluntarily removed themselves, or were removed for non-renewal, from the GPhC register in the last three years.
Those who are fit and suitably experienced to act as pharmacists or pharmacy technicians during the pandemic response will be added to the GPhC temporary register.
To work within legislation, and to continue the safe provision of medicines, we recognised that some of you returning to practice may need to complete some continuing professional development to feel confident in your professional role.
With this in mind, and in line with GPhC Standards for pharmacy professionals, the programme was developed to support you in identifying your own specific learning needs.
This personalised approach to learning involves you completing a self-assessment framework at the start of the programme to identify the key topic areas you need to visit to refresh your knowledge for practice.
The topic areas chosen for the Guide to returning to pharmacy practice e-course are as follows:
Within each topic area, key resources are included to quickly bring you up to date, including CPPE resources and those available from PSNC and RPS.
Learners will be able to engage in a tutor-supported discussion forum within each topic area to enhance the learning experience.
We recognise that building a peer support network will be important to help people discuss the more complex areas of practice and any challenges in returning to the role.
As a result, we will run online support sessions via video application every day, including weekends, to ensure additional guidance and support is available to those returning to practice.
CPPE will continue to review and update the e-course to ensure pharmacy professionals have what they need to feel confident and capable in their return to pharmacy practice.
The Guide to returning to pharmacy practice e-course is now available on the Canvas platform, via our website, at: www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/rtp-ec-01