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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GHP statement in support of the COVID-19 vaccination programmes across the UK and the role of the Pharmacist

Dear all

We know that this has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone in the NHS – both at work and at home.  Now we have a National Vaccination programme to implement safely in order to support the UK population to slowly regain some “normality” in time.  As a committee, the GHP Council are supporting the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns now taking place across the UK, and we urge our members to support these initiatives in whatever way that you can.  

This has been a complex process to facilitate safely, and a number of different legal mechanisms exist to support this in the range of NHS and non-NHS bodies that are engaging in vaccination across the UK. There may be a range of ways employers choose to roll out the vaccination of staff and others, whether on NHS sites or in other centres.  We want to support our members to engage safely in the vaccination programmes, and we have used the informationprovided centrally from the NHS, to highlight some things to consider when you are involved in a vaccination programme at your place of work. Find our statement here.  

Wishing you, and your families, a peaceful festive period. 

Thanks, Roisin 

(on behalf of the GHP Council) 

Dr. Roisin O’Hare Bsc(hons) PGCHET MSc DPharm MPSNI(IP) FFRPSLead Teacher Practitioner Pharmacist, NI Universities Network /Cardiology Pharmacist, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
President, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP).  

www.ghp.org.uk 

emails: r.ohare@qub.ac.uk / roisin.ohare@southerntrust.hscni.net

Statement of support for the PRINCIPLE trial

The GHP are delighted to share this statement of support for the PRINCIPLE trial.

It is essential that we work together to identify treatments which will help hinder the progression of the disease and to reduce the need for hospital admissions.

PRINCIPLE, is a national trial led by researchers at the University of Oxford, including leading Pharmacist, Dr Mahendra Patel. It is investigating a number of treatment strategies to manage the symptoms of COVID-19.

The trial is evaluating medication which is well known and has been used for many years around the world for a number of conditions, to good effect. The objective is to determine if the treatment, when given to those at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, helps to reduce the need for hospitalisation, length of stay required, or if helps patients recover quicker.
PRINCIPLE is looking for volunteers who are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms to participate in their treatment trial. To help the fight against COVID-19 and for more information on joining the trial, visit www.principletrial.org.