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Pharmacists to be barred from automatically registering as pharmacy technicians


I have to admit to being baffled by the GPhC view that the distinctness of the professions of pharmacist and pharmacy technician needs to be emphasised to the extent that a pharmacist will no longer be able automatically to register as a pharmacy technician. Currently, the pharmacy technician skill set is a subset of the pharmacist skill set. A pharmacist should be able to perform all of the tasks performed by a pharmacy technician but in addition is able to carry out a clinical assessment of prescriptions (and other clinical / prescribing activities). In a similar way, the skill set of a dispensary assistant is a subset of the skill set of a pharmacy technician. And the skill set of a medicines counter assistant is a subset of the skill set of a dispensary assistant. But when would a pharmacist ever seek registration as a pharmacy technician? I would suppose that this might happen when a fitness to practice issue has been identified that has resulted in the pharmacist's registration with the GPhC being suspended or erased. In this case, it might be appropriate to not allow automatic registration instead as a pharmacy technician. But otherwise, the default position should be that a pharmacist is, by definition, competent to perform all duties expected of a pharmacy technician.

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28 JUN 2017

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