Forty-eight pharmacists are set to participate in the next phase of the Advanced Practice Pharmacists pilot program.
The Australian Pharmacy Council has congratulated the pharmacists selected.
138 pharmacists submitted an expression of interest and 50 were invited to take part in the pilot.
The 48 pharmacists proceeding through the trial will prepare their practice portfolio for evaluation and possibly be awarded the credential of advanced practice pharmacist.
“This project shows the depth and breadth of the pharmacy profession and its potential for a bright future, which is great,” says John Low, President of the APC.
The participants selected demonstrate that advanced practice recognition may potentially be achieved in any area of pharmacy practice. The practice environments of the 50 invited participants are:
- Community pharmacy: 8
- Hospital pharmacy: 13
- Hospital pharmacy and Independent medicines management: 3
- Hospital/University (conjoint or part-time in each): 6
- Independent medicines management: 8
- Industry/Regulatory: 2
- Policy and advocacy: 2
- Research and education: 5
- University: 2
- Other (Justice and forensic health): 1
Dr Ian Coombes, Inaugural Chair of APC’s Advanced Practice Credentialing Committee said: “It was extremely difficult to select the 50 pilot participants.
“There were many outstanding candidates within the 138 applicants. The selected pharmacists demonstrate significant achievements throughout their careers and important contributions to patients, healthcare teams and the broader community.
“Preparing a practice portfolio will be challenging,” added Dr Coombes. “Experience in the United Kingdom suggests portfolio preparation takes 40-60 hours of work. Part of the evaluation of the pilot program will be to see how our Australian process for advanced practice recognition works for those involved.”
“This is where the support of pharmacy member organisations as ‘Readiness Support Organisations’ (RSOs) is so important,” says Low.
“The pilot program will also evaluate what support is needed for pharmacists undertaking the recognition process, and how the RSOs can help.”
APC has met with and continues to liaise with RSOs.