The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published the findings from a survey of provisionally-registered pharmacists.
The key findings were as follows:
- 86% of respondents were employed as pharmacists, with the top two settings being community pharmacy (56%) and hospital/secondary care (40%).
- 90% of respondents reported that their employers had completed their risk assessment, 3% said they hadn’t, and 8% didn’t know.
- 96% of respondents were informed of who their named senior pharmacist was.
- 98% had access to clinical advice and guidance if they needed it.
- 2% had concerns about their risk assessments and 1% had concerns about their access to clinical advice and guidance.
Provisionally-registered pharmacists who registered in August were asked to complete a survey to help the GPhC to check that their employers were meeting requirements, including conducting a risk assessment.
Provisionally-registered pharmacists were also asked about the pharmacy setting they trained and work in, whether they had a named senior pharmacist and whether they had access to clinical advice and guidance if they needed it. The survey also provided provisionally-registered pharmacists with the opportunity to raise any concerns.
In the small minority of cases where the survey has identified issues with risk assessments and access to clinical support, the GPhC has said that they will contact employers to seek assurance that they have made steps to rectify these. GPhC inspectors will follow up where necessary with registered pharmacies.
The GPhC emailed 2,276 provisionally-registered pharmacists and received responses from 892 individuals, giving a 39% response rate.
GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said:
“Employers of provisionally-registered pharmacists have an obligation to conduct individual risk assessments and meet requirements to protect patient safety and support provisionally-registered pharmacists.
“I want to thank all those who responded to the survey. These results indicate that the vast majority of employers are meeting our requirements and that provisionally-registered pharmacists are receiving the appropriate clinical advice and risk assessments. We will be following up on the small number of cases where all of the requirements may not have been met.”
The GPhC will be repeating the survey, with provisionally-registered pharmacists who have not yet responded, or have registered since August, being asked to participate.
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