Kristin Michaels, CEO of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia has announced two key staff appointments: Andrew Matthews and Rachael Raleigh.
Michaels says that Andrew Matthews (pictured), as Senior Project Manager, will manage two projects that are critical for workforce transformation and Rachael Raleigh will be the project officer addressing the redesign of the roles of pharmacy technicians and assistants in Australian hospitals.
“Mr Matthews has a wide range of experience and skills in pharmacy policy and practice, education and assessment, quality assurance, standards and accreditation,” Michaels says.
“Most recently, Mr Matthews has been Director of Credentialing at the Australian Pharmacy Council where he was responsible for the development and management of a pilot program for the credentialing of advanced practice pharmacists.
“Mr Mathews will use his previous experience and successes to direct the SHPA Residency Project and the SHPA National Research Collaborative Project,” she says.
“The first project to be managed by Mr Matthews is scoping and planning a long-term strategy for SHPA to accredit and support hospital pharmacy services to become training sites for the SHPA Residency Program.
“We are aiming to introduce the Residency Program in 2017 and this will provide a site appropriate formalised, structured training program for pharmacists,” Michaels says.
Michaels says the second key project to be managed by Matthews will foster and develop research skills and knowledge within the SHPA membership.
“Over 12 months, Mr Matthews will scope and plan a long-term strategy for SHPA to become a leading research body. This will allow us to coordinate research and translate research focused medicine optimisation into practice.”
The appointment of Matthews follows the announcement by SHPA President Professor Michael Dooley that “SHPA will launch exciting initiatives in 2016 to support pharmacists’ general development, including a structured two-year residency program to be implemented across a range of teaching hospitals.”
The second key appointment is Rachel Raleigh who leaves her position as Senior Clinical Pharmacist – Team Leader at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service to join the SHPA.
“Ms Raleigh will review the current roles of hospital pharmacy technicians and assistants, identifying variations in scope of practice, and she will review current industrial and legislative frameworks that can impact on the scope of practice,” Michaels says.
She says this work will support development of the SHPA strategy to build capacity within the pharmacist workforce.
“Early in 2015, Ms Raleigh was the project officer for a Pharmacy Assistant Role Redesign Project which involved development of a framework to implement and evaluate a redesigned role for pharmacy assistants within inpatient units,” Michaels says.
“For this project, Ms Raleigh worked with a team of researchers to ensure the development of a role that supports clinical pharmacy services within the context of the changing and increasing demands on hospital pharmacy services.”
Ms Raleigh presented at the 2015 SHPA Medicines Management conference on using the Calderdale Framework for Pharmacy Assistant Role Redesign on an inpatient unit.
Michaels says the two new appointments will ensure that the SHPA continues to support pharmacists working within hospitals and related environments to continue to offer services that meet the evolving needs of the health system, to work within a best practice quality assurance environment and to be valued and respected within the broader health system.