Supporting you locally: A look at the year ahead

Jodie Williamson MRPharmS, Pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Jodie Williamson MRPharmS, Pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

by Jodie Williamson, Pharmacist and Professional Development and Engagement Lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales.

We’ve had a busy year rolling out our RPS Wales local engagement model, bringing pharmacists together with our new local coordinators  to make sure we’re delivering the best support and networking opportunities for our members in Wales. Read on to find out more about our plans to support members locally, particularly how we’re going to helping everyone in Wales be Revalidation Ready!

 

Get Revalidation Ready

2018 is going to be a big year for pharmacy as the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) roll out mandatory revalidation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. You may have already seen the GPhC’s announcement about the important changes that are being introduced next year which will commence on 30 March and will require registrants to submit their CPD record when they renew in September 2018. We know this must be daunting, but rest asssured, the RPS is here every step of the way to support members through the changes.

With such important changes ahead, the RPS is taking steps to ensure our members are supported every step of the way through the revalidation process. We highlighted a number of issues about revalidation in July of this year and have continued our dialogue with GPhC to understand more about their plans. As a result we will be supporting our members by making recording CPD as easy as possible by developing a new ‘revalidation platform’ that can be used to populate our Faculty and Foundation e-portfolios, and be submitted to GPhC for revalidation. We are also planning to offer a 2018 CPD peer review service and we will support peer discussion and reflective account requirements. You can find out more about RPS support for being revalidation ready on our website.

In Wales, we are starting with a series of local Revalidation Roadshows in February 2018. These will be an opportunity for you to find out more about revalidation, ask any questions you may have and make sure that you are feeling prepared for the changes. The dates for these roadshows will be released shortly so be sure to stay tuned and keep an eye out for an event near you!

Through our RPS Locals, we will be offering regular update meetings to make sure that you are always one step ahead and fully informed throughout the revalidation process. If you’re not able to make it to an event, then don’t panic – all our support events will be made available as webcasts to access from the comfort of your own home if you can’t join us in person. The countdown to revalidation is on and as one of the most important changes affecting pharmacy practice, we would encourage you to get involved in any of the face to face or digital information and discussion sessions that we will be offering next year. If I was to offer only one piece of advice for 2018 to my pharmacy colleagues, it would be to get involved, get revalidation ready.

Next steps for RPS Locals in Wales

We’ll be building on the changes we made to our the RPS Locals in 2017 which will hopefully allow you to get closer to the important issues that matter to your professional development and practice. Through the network of RPS Locals you will have more opportunities to meet your peers face to face, to join discussions about your professional development, to hear more about the strategic work of the RPS and to help shape the agenda for pharmacy in Wales.

We’ll also be running a full programme of talks, workshops, meetings and social events locally, with the aim to have at least 5 events in each area throughout 2018 – so there should always be something interesting for pharmacists to get involved with somewhere near you! We’ll also be looking to run webinars and webcast versions of live events where possible to make sure that every RPS member has access to the same benefits, no matter where you live in Wales. If you have any particular types of events that you’d like to see, then please do let us know!

If any pharmacists would like to have a chat with me about getting involved with our local events in 2018, drop me an email at Jodie.Williamson@rpharms.com or call me on 02920 730 310.

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