APC ends National Credentialing of Advanced Practice Pharmacists


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The governing body of the Australian Pharmacy Council has ended the National Credentialing of Advanced Practice Pharmacists citing program sustainability issues

APC President, Debra Rowett PSM, says while the APC had piloted an evidence-based assessment program, enrolment numbers are critical to the sustainability of credentialing.

“Unfortunately, this program didn’t attract the number of candidates we had expected,” Rowett says.

“With the changing face of healthcare, credentialing remains an important part of recognising pharmacists’ advanced practice. It is possible that credentialing of advanced practice will come into demand in the future.”

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia CEO, Kristin Michaels, says the Society will continue to strongly support Advanced Practice.

“We are committed to progressing professional recognition,” says Michaels.

“Formal recognition of Advanced Practice is a high priority for SHPA because it builds on our leadership of professional development through our foundation Residency Program, specialist residencies and ongoing workforce transformation projects.”

SHPA announced that it will continue the development and recognition of Advanced Practice in consultation with the pharmacy profession to maintain an evidence-based, collaborative approach to formalised evaluation and feedback of practitioners against the agreed Australian National Advanced Practice Framework

“We will ensure Advanced Practice recognition continues to exist in 2017 and beyond,” says Michaels.

“We must make certain that those who have commenced in the program are supported.

“SHPA staff will be liaising directly with all our members currently undertaking Advanced Practice credentialing, and we welcome contact from non-member participants.

“We will devote our expertise and energy to progressing Advanced Practice as a cornerstone of developing a fit-for-purpose workforce for the future.

“SHPA is determined to capitalise on the existing momentum, make the program sustainable and provide leadership in this important area of the profession,” says Michaels.

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