The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced that Gisela Abbam will be the new GPhC chair.
The appointment of Gisela Abbam was made by the Privy Council after a ‘robust selection process’ which was scrutinised by the Professional Standards Authority. Gisela officially takes office on 14th March 2022.
Gisela Abbam takes over from the current Chair, Nigel Clarke, who has been in position since 2014 and has completed the statutory maximum eight years in office.
Incoming Chair of the GPhC, Gisela Abbam, said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the new Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council and I look forward to leading the Council to achieve its vision of safe and effective pharmacy care at the heart of healthier communities. COVID-19 highlighted the increased role of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in providing clinical services. Effective standards and regulation can help pharmacy to provide more support to patients and the public at large. I look forward to working with Council, the Executive team and staff and collaborating with other organisations to improve the health of people using pharmacy services.”
Outgoing GPhC Chair, Nigel Clarke, said:
“I am very pleased to welcome Gisela to the GPhC on behalf of the Council. Gisela is joining the GPhC at an exciting time of major changes in both pharmacy and health regulation. I am sure her vast experience in healthcare will help the GPhC drive forward the aims set out in our Vision 2030, and bring a real focus on the difference we want to make for patients and the public.”