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Key Information regarding CPD Framework Consultation

With the enactment of new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regulations in June 2013, CPD is set to become a statutory requirement of registration. This means that in future, CPD will be required to be undertaken by all registrants to ensure their name is retained on the register and to maintain their competence.

In response to these changes, the Pharmaceutical Society NI launched its consultation on the draft CPD Framework for pharmacists on the 1 November 2012.

To support registrants and other stakeholders in their understanding of the draft CPD framework and the changes being proposed to the current CPD process, the Pharmaceutical Society NI is pleased to announce:

The launch of an information webcast to support the consultation on the new CPD framework available at: www.psni.org.uk/publications/presentations/ plus two information events, following a question and answer format, taking place in January 2013:

  • Glenavon House Hotel,52 Drum Road, Cookstown on Thursday 10 January 2013 at 7.30pm
  • Society House,73 University Street,Belfaston Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 7.30pm.
  • Society House,73 University Street,Belfaston Tuesday 29 January 2013 at 7.30pm.

Speaking about the changes to the CPD regulations, Michelle McCorry, Post-registration Lead noted that, “the CPD framework is one of the most important pieces of work to emanate from the Pharmaceutical Society NI in recent times and it will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the profession of pharmacy inNorthern Irelandgoing forward. There will be a number of major changes to the CPD process with the introduction of statutory CPD, not least the requirement for all registrants to submit their CPD portfolios to the Society, every year, by the published deadline.’

CPD is ultimately about ensuring that patients receive quality care from pharmacists who are committed to keeping their knowledge and skills up to date. Therefore, we are particularly keen to hear the views of patients, members of the public and other healthcare professionals about this draft CPD framework for pharmacists.

We also strongly encourage pharmacists to tell us what they think about the draft CPD framework in order to shape the best possible system to support their continuing professional development. This will ensure that the framework is robust, fair and will assist pharmacists in completing their CPD successfully.

For a copy of the draft CPD framework please refer to:

www.psni.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Consultation-on-the-draft-CPD-framework-and-standards.pdf

Please record your response to the consultation questions using the online response form available at:

www.psni.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Annex-A-Response-template.doc

 As numbers are limited in both venues it is important that you register for this event. This can be done booking on line at www.psni.org.uk/events, by email: info@psni.org.uk  or by telephoning the office at (028) 90326927

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