General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Barrister

Stephen McCaffrey | General Pharmacutical Council LawyerI am a leading General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Defence Barrister vast experience defending pharmacists and pharmacy technicians facing fitness to practise proceedings before the GPhC.

Because of my experience as a criminal defence barrister in the criminal courts and other adversarial tribunals my special expertise is at contested hearings. However good strategy has meant that more often my clients are not even reaching that stage of proceedings.

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What my clients say

“Absolutely fantastic. I am so grateful. Thank you very much for your immense understanding and representation and believing in me. Best wishes always.”

Because of my experience as a criminal defence barrister in the criminal courts and other adversarial tribunals my special expertise is at contested hearings. However good strategy has meant that more often my clients are not even reaching that stage of proceedings.

I have acted on behalf of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians facing fitness to practise proceedings before the GPhC.

I can act and represent pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all matters and stages relating to:

  • Applications for professional registration and appeals against decisions
  • Advising on investigations and, where appropriate, interviews under caution
  • Representation at interim orders hearings
  • Written submissions to the investigating committee
  • Representation before the fitness to practise committee
  • Appeals against fitness to practice committee decisions

Understanding General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) investigations

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales ensuring that all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are, and continue to be fit to practise.

Any complaints and/or allegations relating to the fitness to practise by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians could be referred to the GPhC for investigation and eventually formal action.

Investigating Committee

At the conclusion of an investigation, your case may be referred to the GPhC’s Investigating Committee. The Investigating Committee has wide ranging powers which include:

  • taking no further action;
  • issuing a warning;
  • accepting undertakings;
  • referring your case to the Fitness to Practise Committee; and
  • directing that criminal proceedings should be commenced.

Fitness to Practise Committee

The GPhC’s Investigating Committee can refer your case to the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee.  If the Fitness to Practise Committee finds an allegation to be true, a pharmacist or pharmacy technician can face a number of sanctions:

  • written warnings;
  • conditions of practice;
  • suspension from the GPhC register; or
  • removal from the GPhC register

As an experienced General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Defence Barrister, I understand the stress and serious implications for pharmacists or pharmacy technicians when facing a GPhC investigation.

I have extensive experience is acting for and representing pharmacists or pharmacy technicians during all stages of the GPhC fitness to practise process.

If you have been notified by the GPhC that you’re under investigation or are facing difficulties with your registration, contact me today for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or Stephen.McCaffrey@kingsviewchambers.com.

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If you are facing a fitness to practise or other GPhC issue contact me today for a free no obligation case assessment.

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Recent Blog & Publications

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22 Nov

Contextual factors in fitness to practise is not new but Covid has laid bare the reality of medical practice, difficult decisions & stressful workplaces.

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22 Nov

Whilst there are many things about Covid that is devastating, a positive is that it forced healthcare regulators to reform, adapt and do so quickly.

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14 Nov

A NMC statement on a nurse charged with murder confirmed the issue will be given considered by a interim order hearing. What is an interim order?

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14 Nov

For a second year in a row, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is failing to adhere to good standards of regulation in its fitness to practise.

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7 Nov

From today (9 November 2020), updated decision making and consent guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC) comes into force for all doctors.

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7 Nov

GPhC is consulting on changes to its fitness to practise strategy & aims to give patients better protection while being fair to pharmacy professionals.

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