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1 Issues and opportunities for a common career path John A Cromarty Member of the Scottish Pharmacy Board Director of Pharmacy, NHS Highland

2 Issues & opportunities for today Pharmacists in all branches of the profession are having to advance their practice (e.g. all pharmacist prescribers; community pharmacists for care planning within CMS; industrial, academic and hospital pharmacists for significant advances in biotechnology) We are all pharmacists, irrespective of the branch(es) of the profession we work in, so can we create a common framework for developing pharmacy practice?

3 Specialist Pharmacists Community Pharmacists Hospital Pharmacists Health Board Pharmacists Regulatory/Government Pharmacists Academic Pharmacists Primary Care Pharmacists Industrial Pharmacists Let us connect these cogs….. …..and establish a common framework and consistent assessment and credentialing for advancing pharmacy practice! …..get them moving

4 Guiding principles for framework common to all branches of the profession accommodate both generalist and specialist advanced practice enable flexibility/adaptability in workforce facilitate integrated working across sectors recognise prior learning but be competency based rather than qualification based facilitate development of career structures avoid duplication of effort

5 Options for common framework RPS sets standards and runs the show Countries, sectors and employers could be consulted on their basic and advanced practice requirements Specialist pharmacy / multidisciplinary organisations / courses could be accredited by RPS Levels of practice could include the equivalent of qualified, advanced and expert practitioner (2, 3 or 4 levels?)

6 Stages of professional development StagesGeneric level descriptor Qualified Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Registration level knowledge and practice skills, requires supervision Fully competent independent practitioner Advanced Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Advanced level of practice and acts as a mentor Fully competent advanced practitioner, demonstrating leadership skills Expert Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Local expert and leading practitioner with national recognition Nationally / internationally renowned leader in field of practice

7 Stages of professional development StagesCommunity Pharmacy Qualified Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Meets regulatory requirements for basic duties in community pharmacy Able to perform more complex community pharmacy contract core functions (e.g. care planning) unsupervised Advanced Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Operates at advanced level of community pharmacy practice, mentoring if possible Established advanced level practitioner, working effectively at multidisciplinary team level &/or mentoring Expert Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Local expert and leading practitioner with national recognition Nationally / internationally renowned leader in field of practice

8 Stages of professional development StagesHospital Pharmacy Qualified Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Pharmacist on supervised specific vocational training programme Qualified to practice independently in hospital section(s) Advanced Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Operates at advanced level of hospital pharmacy practice, mentoring if possible Established advanced level practitioner, leading team or Directorate Expert Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Local expert and leading practitioner with national recognition Nationally / internationally renowned leader in field of practice

9 Stages of professional development StagesAcademic Pharmacy Qualified Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Postgraduate researcher/teaching fellow, qualified but supervised for research/ teaching Researcher/Senior Teaching Fellow/ Lecturer, working independently Advanced Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Operates at advanced level(s) of research and/or teaching as a Lecturer Established advanced level researcher and/or Senior Lecturer/ Course Supervisor/ Leader/Director Expert Pharmacist/ Scientist Practitioner Local expert and leading researcher / teacher with national recognition Nationally / internationally renowned leader in field of practice

10 Issues for another day ? Motivating and incentivising pharmacists to develop their practice Different stages of development and different opportunities in different branches of the profession Management remains a recognised route (sometimes the only route) to career progression


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