Advanced practice a highlight at SHPA Medicines Management 2015
Recognition of advanced pharmacy practice and support for practitioner development was of major interest at Medicines Management 2015, the 41st SHPA National Conference.
The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) congratulates the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) on another excellent Medicines Management conference.
Held in Melbourne from 4 to 6 December, over 1000 pharmacists from Australia and beyond attended.
One of the highlights was international guest speaker, co-hosted by APC and SHPA, Dr Catherine Duggan.
Dr Duggan is the Director of Professional Development and Support, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Speaking in the session titled: ‘Advanced pharmacy practice and recognition of advanced practice pharmacists- shared experiences’, Dr Duggan spoke passionately about recognition of advanced practice and its importance as a key workforce development activity. “Staying still in the face of changing needs of patients and the health system is essentially going backwards”, said Dr Duggan. “Recognition of advancing practice and striving for ongoing improvement in practitioner performance is paramount. We are trying to positively shift the curve of workforce excellence.”
In this same session APC’s Andrew Matthews presented on the Australian experience and credentialed Advanced Practice Pharmacist Geoff Grima from the Prince Charles Hospital in Queensland, presented on his experience as a participant in the APC Credentialing of advanced practice pharmacists pilot program.
The APC pilot used the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework (APPF) for Australia as a tool for evaluating practitioner performance and guiding development.
“The APPF provides a framework for all pharmacists to demonstrate advancing practitioner performance. The evaluation standards, processes and principles developed in the pilot allowed practitioner performance to be evaluated against all three stages of the APPF,” said APC President Debra Rowett.
“We at the APC are pleased with the success of the pilot program and thank all those involved, in particular the Advanced Practice Credentialing Committee members, pilot participants, evaluators, Readiness Support Organisations and all those who supported and enabled pilot participants to prepare their portfolios for submission.”
Next steps will include further evaluation of the pilot program and broad profession and stakeholder consultation to inform implementation of credentialing for advanced practice in Australia.
More information about advanced practice recognition and credentialing of pharmacists is available on the APC website at:https://www.pharmacycouncil.org.au/pharmacists/australian-nz-pharmacists/
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pharmacy Council News, December 2015
The Council’s 2015 election results are in
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So how does the Council deal with these complaints?
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This issue we introduce you to Pharmacy Council members Paul Sinclair and Marilyn Starr. Read more
Paul Sinclair Marilyn Starr
From the Inspectors – Required references, specifically APF 23
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As of early 2016 the Inspectors will be carrying out their inspections using a new iPad App instead of the conventional paper forms.
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Do you know that the electronic drug register has now been approved for use in NSW? For more information and guidance on completing your DD book, click on the link below:
Thinking of opening a pharmacy? What you need to know
The Pharmacy Council maintains the Register of Pharmacies in New South Wales. An application must be lodged with Council if you intend to acquire or change the pecuniary interest of a pharmacy, relocate, expand or reduce the size of a pharmacy, open a new pharmacy or a professional services room.
Who has access to your pharmacy?
A pharmacist must be present in a pharmacy at all times. This means that no other person can be present in the pharmacy unless a pharmacist is present – even when the doors are closed to customers. This also means that no pharmacy staff can enter and prepare the store for opening or closing, or attend if the alarm is triggered, or access it after hours – unless a pharmacist is present.
A recent complaint to the Pharmacy Council highlighted this very point.
What is Professional Misconduct?
Professional misconduct encompasses the most serious conduct engaged in by pharmacists in the practice of their profession. Instances of professional misconduct by a registered pharmacist are prosecuted by the Health Care Complaints Commission before the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal. If found guilty of professional misconduct, the Tribunal has the power to suspend, cancel, reprimand and/or make orders and/or impose conditions on the practitioner’s registration as a pharmacist.
Professional misconduct, as a legal term, refers to unsatisfactory professional conduct of such a sufficiently serious nature to justify suspension or cancellation of the practitioner’s registration; or one or more instances of unsatisfactory professional conduct that when considered together, amount to conduct of a sufficiently serious nature to justify suspension or cancellation of the practitioner’s registration.
News from other Councils – Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW recently published an article about inappropriate use of social media in relation to a complaint received about a nursing student. To read more click here
The Pharmacy Council of NSW wishes our readers a safe and happy holiday season.