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News of revalidation plans for pharmacists tops PJ Online in 2013

Six out of the ten most-read news stories on PJ Online during 2013 were related to students. But the top story of the year revealed the General Pharmaceutical Council’s plans for revalidation…

Six out of the 10 most read news stories on PJ Online during 2013 were related to students. But the top story of the year revealed the General Pharmaceutical Council’s plans for revalidation, which looks likely to become a reality for pharmacists by 2018.

Lin-Nam Wang reported the regulator’s decision to give the go-ahead to the development of a framework for “continuing fitness to practise”, the name chosen for revalidation. At the time, the GPhC’s chief executive and registrar Duncan Rudkin explained: “It’s not a big-bang, once-every-five-years-you-have-to-do-a-test kind of approach.”

The regulator intends to introduce external input into its processes to give it some assurance that a pharmacist’s continuing professional development has changed his or her practice rather than being an indication of good record making skills.

Coming in at number two on the list of most popular news stories was the controversy surrounding the summer registration examination. Preregistration trainees criticised some of the questions in the paper, but their concerns were dismissed by the GPhC, which said that all questions were related to the syllabus.

A feature by Francesca Rivers explaining the impact of the NHS reforms was also popular, during a year that saw the governance of the NHS in England almost completely restructured.

The outcome of the consultation on pharmacy student numbers was the fourth most popular story. Janna Lawrence revealed that most pharmacy organisations want student numbers to be controlled.

Coming in at number five was the news that only 78 per cent of pharmacy students who sat the 2013 summer registration examination passed, down from 94 per cent the previous year.

Having looked back at the news stories that piqued readers’ interest in 2013, The Pharmaceutical Journal is seeking to find out what readers expect from the professional journal for pharmacists.



Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11132372

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