Annual Report 2020

In 2020, as an Organisation, we are most proud of how our members in secondary and primary care rose to every trial put forth by the COVID pandemic. We are all honoured to be Pharmacists and to support our patients, our pharmacy teams, our healthcare colleagues and our communities in one of the most challenging periods of all of our careers. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your work throughout the pandemic and to remind you all how valuable each one of you are in the care of patients, in all settings.

Dr. Roisín O’Hare

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists 2020 Annual Report

Invite to GHP webinar on sustainability and IET

On the 23rd September at 19.30 we’re hosting a webinar with high level Scottish speakers on sustainability, initial education and training for pharmacists, and tying it all together in advance of world pharmacist day. There’s a registration link available here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ghp-webinar-for-world-pharmacists-day-2021-registration-166679836879

We’ve had loads of interest already so please circulate this out to your networks, everyone is welcome to join. One of the topics surrounds what’s happening with COP26 which is going to be one of the biggest events since the pandemic started and indeed ever in the UK with hundreds of heads of state from across the world attending.

Kind regards,
Nathan BurleyClinical/Public Health PharmacistRoyal Alexandra Hospital/Gartnavel Royal Hospital – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

World Pharmacist Day GHP Webinar

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP)  invite you celebrate World Pharmacists Day with us on 23rd Sept 2021, hosted by Nathan Burley (GHP Regional Member for Scotland), Dr. Roisin O’Hare (GHP President), Ewan Maule (GHP Vice President).

Come to our webinar with a Scottish flavour  on two scorching topics of sustainability and changes in initial education and training.

Registration details here.

Join our National Executive Committee

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) are led by a National Executive Committee made up of members from across the UK, representing regions, as well as a number of executive roles including the President, Vice President, Chair of Practice, Chair of Terms and Conditions, Chair of Education and Training and the Chair of Equality and Diversity. These colleagues work to represent our members views at a local and national level, giving up their own time to support important issues affecting our profession.

We have three exciting roles:

Chair of Sustainability

National Member for Wales and National Member for the North East of England, Yorkshire and Humber

National Member for Wales and National Member for the North East of England, Yorkshire and Humber – submit expression of interest

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) are led by a National Executive Committee made up of members from across the UK, representing regions, as well as a number of executive roles including the President, Vice President, Chair of Practice, Chair of Terms and Conditions, Chair of Education and Training and the Chair of Equality and Diversity. These colleagues work to represent our members views at a local and national level, giving up their own time to support important issues affecting our profession. As a committee, we strive to represent the voices and opinions, as well as lived experience of all of our members across the UK.

We have had a vacancy in Wales for a number of years and we are really keen to appoint an enthusiastic Welsh member who can engage with our members locally. Also, we have just recently had a vacancy in our North East of England, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Member role and we are keen to appoint an enthusiastic member who is working in this area who can engage with our members locally.

Please use this form below to submit your expression of interest by 29th August 2021.

President’s Blog August 2021

We hope that you have been able to take a break over the summer months and recharge for the coming winter.  We have been active on your behalf, engaging in diverse agenda including; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Bullying and Harassment, Review of Initial Education and Training, Fair Pay, Sustainability and many more.  

We hope you enjoy reading my latest blog to learn more about these important issues, and also to hear how you can be more involved.

Roisin

Chair of Sustainability

Medicines account for 25% of emissions within the NHS. As medicines experts, pharmacists are at the forefront of the battle to achieve NHS net zero. The GHP supports our members in their efforts and is developing a new executive role for this purpose – Chair of Sustainability. We would like to encourage members who are interested to apply.

We would also ask all members to complete and share our sustainability survey to help us shape this role.

GHP Statement for support of provisionally registered pharmacists

26th February 2021

Dear Employer,

Throughout the pandemic, thousands of provisional pharmacists have been working tirelessly, supporting Pharmacy and wider healthcare teams, as we provide for our patients during this crisis.  They have consistently demonstrated that they can work as competent and reliable professional members of our workforce in their support for patients in both hospital and GP practice, as well as in a community pharmacy setting. 

Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) members, both provisionally registered and qualified, have raised concerns about the potential lack of employer support for provisionally registered pharmacists should they be unsuccessful in the March sitting of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) assessment.

The GPhC guidance enabled all eligible to join the provisional register for a 12 month period from July 2020 until July 2021.  Provisional registration was granted with the understanding that candidates would successfully sit the GPhC assessment during this time period.  However, if provisional pharmacists are unsuccessful at the March sitting (the first opportunity to sit the assessment), those affected will be unable to resume working as provisional registrants.  Instead, they must wait until the next opportunity to sit the assessment – this will be summer 2021.  This may mean a delay for candidates of 2-3 months from the exam results to the next exam sitting.

In 2019, the last time the GPhC registration exam was undertaken, the pass rate was 72%.  Despite their increased experience and obvious competence in practice, there is no guarantee that there will be an improvement in the pass rate for this cohort, given the additional pressures which provisional pharmacists have faced this year, as well as the overhanging threat of loss of income should they fail at this last hurdle.

We are asking all employers to extend their employment for provisionally registered pharmacists until they have an opportunity to re-sit the registration examination in summer 2021.

We understand that there is an option in place for candidates to declare themselves not ‘fit to sit’, but we believe it is only fair that all candidates should be supported should they choose to sit the March exam, given the length of time they have had to wait to sit it. We have reports that some hospital trusts in England have devised local agreements to extend the employment of all candidates who are unsuccessful in the March assessment to work as a Pre-Registration Pharmacist at AfC band 5 until they successfully re-sit their examination in summer 2021. This will provide employers with a viable way to extend employment without formal registration.

We believe that with the support of their employers and colleagues in the profession, provisional pharmacists, who have already shown the enormous value they offer to patients throughout the pandemic, will be able to join the professional register.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Callum Garner, Early Careers Pharmacist                                                      

Kay Fenwick, Chair of Education & Training, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists

 Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists

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