March 30 2020
Established in 2010, after the separation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) into two separate bodies, the General Pharmaceutical Council regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Great Britain, as well as working towards improving standards of care for people using pharmacy services. It independently regulates more than 55,000 pharmacists, 23,000 pharmacy technicians and 14,000 pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales. One of its key aims is to protect the public and give them assurance that they will receive safe and effective care when using pharmacy services.
Yousaf Ahmad, along with eleven other council members will be responsible for the strategic direction of pharmacy in the UK, which includes professionals, universities, training, accreditation and fitness to practice, amongst other things.
Yousaf said: “I am humbled and honoured to be appointed to this council. Being able to shape the strategic direction of our profession, help support it to thrive and be a beacon for patients, public and everyday pharmacy professionals across the UK is truly a highlight of my career”.
“Part of my role in the council is to help the GPhC understand the needs of pharmacy professionals, including how effective standards can and should be delivered, but also key aspects of well-being, accreditation and setting the appropriate governing policies for practice. It is to hold the GPhC to account and equally help to improve the way it regulates the profession, ultimately for the betterment of the public”.
GPhC Chair Nigel Clarke said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Yousaf Ahmad. Yousaf brings a wealth of high-level experience and expertise and he will be a valuable asset to the Council.”