Applications for 2018 site accreditation open this week

The SHPA Residency Program has seen a “hugely successful” inaugural year, says the organisation, with 30 sites and over 100 hospital residents across the country taking part.

And it is now taking site accreditation applications for next year, the SHPA has announced.

CEO Kristin Michaels says hospitals accredited to provide Australia’s only formalised hospital residency program are leading the way by embedding “workforce transformation” into everyday practice.

“Beyond supporting early-career hospital pharmacists to practically apply their formal learning, sites accredited to host the SHPA Residency Program are safeguarding high standards of patient care and professionalism in hospital pharmacy,” says Ms Michaels.

“Supporting more hospitals to support more residents and strengthen the cumulative skill set of Australian pharmacy departments, is part of SHPA’s vision to embed the Residency Program as an integral early career development stage for hospital pharmacists across country.’”

Ms Michaels says accreditation to the Australia-first program ensures sites have the commitment, capacity and capability to offer a broad range of practice-based experiences to hospital pharmacy residents.

“Evidence tells us pharmacists who integrate earlier into real-world hospital environments gain the skills and adaptability to strengthen and diversify their career paths.

“We are excited to make these new SHPA Residency Program site placements available, and see supported and integrated residency experiences benefit additional hospitals, positively impacting more patients, around Australia.”