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CPD should be linked to practice area, RPS says

By News team

Continuing professional development entries should be linked to competencies for the individual’s scope of practice, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

In response to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s consultation on the draft CPD framework and rules, the RPS argues (PDF, 92K) that this will “better meet [the] developmental needs of individual pharmacists and give additional value to their professional practice”.

The current system allows pharmacists the option to record competencies linked to learning, but it is not part of the review process.

Pharmacy Voice says the current recording framework is not fit for purpose and suggests that other bodies should be able to develop recording systems: “As long as each recording format contains all the required elements, this will enable registrants to have a choice of format for recording and submitting their CPD.”

Current proposals state that for most registrants, CPD records will be reviewed every five years. In its response, the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists says it requires clarity on what the exceptions to the five-year rule will be.

The RPS says that some of its members may need more frequent feedback, “especially if they are isolated single handed practitioners who needed the assurance that the CPD they were undertaking and recoding was meeting the statutory requirements”.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11068921

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