Provision of a new legal defence for Pharmacy professionals

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) welcomes progress in the provision of a new legal defence for Pharmacy professionals should an unintentional dispensing error be made, as debated on Monday in Parliament.

Unlike other health professionals, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are currently at risk of criminal prosecution for a strict liability offence when inadvertent human error happens in the course of their professional practice. This draft order, which is due to come into force in 2018, aligns Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who are working in registered pharmacies with other health professions. It supports increased reporting of errors, without the fear of prosecution, and allows for individual and shared learning from those mistakes, leading to improved patient safety.

Chair of the GHP Graeme Richardson said ‘An open culture is key to ensuring patient safety, and this Order encourages greater reporting of and therefore learning from errors.

‘Whilst we welcome this protection for people working in registered pharmacy premises, we would encourage the same protection to be afforded to staff working in non-registered premises including hospitals, care homes and prisons. We are aware plans are in place for a similar order to apply to those other non-registered settings and we hope this can be developed without delay to ensure our members are not unduly and unfairly exposed to the risk of criminal conviction any longer than is necessary’

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PDIG 2017 Presentations

PDIG Nov 2017 – Path to Market for New Medicines (Rick Greville)





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PDIG Autumn Symposium– Thursday 2nd November 2017

GHP Procurement & Distribution Interest Group (PDIG)

We are delighted to open applications for our Autumn Symposium.  The details are…

Thursday 2nd November 2007,

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, B40 1PP


PDIG November 2017 Symposium Programme

Application Form

PDIG November 2017 Application Form

Please send all application forms and conference queries to Noeline Johnston.

E-mail address:

Tel: 028 90232381 (switchboard) or 028 90029412 (direct dial)


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NMC Consultation: Prescribing and Standards for Medicines Management

The GHP will be responding to the NMC consultation for prescribing and standards for medicines management for nurses. Please contact us if you have any comments on our draft…


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Professional standards for pharmacy services: an updated draft for consultation July 2017

Dear member

We have written the following draft response to the “Professional standards for pharmacy services” consultation.

We now would like our members help shape our final draft.  If you have any comments or amendments to this response, please contact our Professional Secretary, Mr Ewan Maule.

Download our response here…

Hospital Standards GHP response

Thank you.

GHP National Professional Committee

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PDIG Presentations available to download

The presentations from the PDIG Summer Symposium are now available for download, from our conference page.

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GHP DRAFT RESPONSE to Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals

The GHP have drafted a response to the GPhC Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals. We are looking for our member’s views on this important consultation.

Please have a look at our response and get in touch with Ewan Maule if you have anything to add or you disagree.

Please contact Ewan Maule with your comments… or Tweet us @GHPPharmacy

Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals – GHP response

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The GHP sit on the Hospital Expert Advisory Group.  There are a number of resources available from the group’s webpage.



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The President’s Blog June 2017

This is my last blog as President of GHP as my two years come to the end this week.  The two years have gone unbelievably fast and apart for the initial anxiety when approached by the press for comment, I have enjoyed it immensely. There have been many highlights but I think the one that will remain with me the most was the interest and admiration shown by the board of the American Association of Hospital Pharmacists on our role as independent prescribers.  I have also learnt things that I would never have done outside the role, I know an awful lot about biosimilars that I did two years ago.

However, back to May and the less glamorous surroundings of the ExCel and the Clinical Pharmacy Congress.  The CPC has become one of the highlights of my year as it’s a great opportunity to meet pharmacists from all over the country in all sorts of roles (I am also alarmed at the ever increasing number of pharmacists who come up to me to say Hi and did I remember them as a pre-registration pharmacist or student on rotation, have I really trained that many?).  The stand was incredibly busy, particularly on the Friday with most enquiries being about liability cover.  There were a large number of Pharmacy Technicians enquiring about membership of Unite and we hope that with the guidance of our regional officer, Kevin McAdam, we will be able to increase their support within Unite.

On the day before the CPC we held our council meeting and once again there was a focus on Pharmacy Technicians as Tess Fenn, President of APTUK, came to join us to discuss many of the issues relating to technicians and their development.  This had been instigated by GHP due to concerns that Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technicians are now being recruited via the apprentice schemes in many trusts and how this could be a barrier to good candidates coming forward.  We have no solutions but keep an eye out for what is happening in your trusts.

I was once again one of the delegates to the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists General Assembly. This year it was held in Malta.  It was very hot but your delegates kept in the cool of the conference room.  One of the main areas of discussion was the implementation of the EAHP Statements on Hospital Pharmacy.  These statements are very important to the Eastern Bloc countries who are forging ahead to bring their pharmacy services on a par with the Western countries.  However, dealing with shortages and how to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive is an issue for the whole of Europe.  At the end of the Assembly on behalf of GHP I offered to host the 2019 GA in the U.K. This will be in Edinburgh and was a hugely popular choice with the delegates.

On my return from Malta I heard of the sad and untimely death of Professor Peter Noyce. Peter was the District Pharmacist at Northwick Park when I was a basic grade pharmacist and he was an exciting and innovating boss.  In recent years our paths had started crossing again as he had taken on the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Pharmacy Voice.  I invited him to talk at last September’s Guild Council meeting and he clearly put the same passion into his role as he had into every other role he had taken on during his career.  He will be sadly missed by the profession.

One of my last duties as President has been to ring up and offer the Guild medal awards to the nominated recipients.  I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Guild Gold Medal is David Miller, Chief Pharmacist at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and a former Guild President.  I am equally delighted to announce the winner of the Guild Silver Medal is Richard Hey, Director of Pharmacy at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.  Dave and Richard will receive their medals at the UCKPA Conference dinner in November.

So, my time here is nearly done.  I don’t drop off the stage completely as the Immediate Past President looks after the International portfolio of GHP and I will clearly be busy over the next two years helping to organise the EAHP General Assembly.  I will leave you in the capable hand of Graeme Richardson who has been an enormous support to meover the past two years.  As I work in a mental health trust it has been invaluable having Graeme, who is Chief Pharmacist at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, by my side and we have become quite a team.

I have already made a list of all the jobs my husband has to do and now I will have the time to supervise.  I should at this point say what a wonderful support my husband, Geof Lay, has been, not just over the past two years, but since I joined Guild Council in 2001 when our children, Elizabeth and William, were still quite young.


Vilma Gilis

June 2017


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Annual Conference 24th & 25th November 2017

The GHP will be supporting the UKCPA annual conference this year on 24th and 25th November. We will be presenting on Informed Consent and offering advice to new prescribing pharmacists.  At the conference dinner, we will present our annual silver and gold medals.

More information on the conference and how to register here.

You can view the programme here.

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