Assessing interns

A new blueprint is set to become the framework used to determine future options for assessing pharmacy interns

The blueprint is the result of the Intern Year Blueprint project, which was funded by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and a joint project between the Board and the Australian Pharmacy Council.

The framework will be used to assess interns against the newly introduced competencies for pharmacists.

“A collaborative effort by many stakeholders to guide the project consultants enabled the development of a meaningful blueprint for the three organisations involved in intern assessments – the APC, the Board and the Intern Training Program (ITP) providers,” says the Board.

“The next steps in its implementation will be to develop a strategy to determine the most appropriate and effective type of assessment for each competency from the range of choices described in the blueprint, and to identify the organisation with the prime responsibility to develop and administer the assessment. 

“This work will be carried out by a joint working party between the Board and the APC with meetings to start mid-year.

“The implementation strategy will forecast the time required to complete the work and if changes to intern assessment are proposed, these changes will be announced well in advance of their taking effect.

“There is no change to the assessment process for current interns.”

The Board and APC thanked the stakeholders who were involved with the project, and said they looked forward to further collaboration as the implementation strategy is developed.

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