Competency standards framework only needs revision: PPDC

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The current national competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia fundamentally don’t need changing, the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee has heard, but some revisions will be required.

At its May meeting the PPDC received and accepted the final report from the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association on work conducted to inform the review of the National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia.

The report presents findings of the background research, literature review and stakeholder consultation which constituted the first stage of the review.

The findings included that the current framework is regarded to be comprehensive and is used for a full range of purposes.

Fundamental change is not required but revisions are needed for contemporary practice and emerging and future pharmacist roles to be reflected, including by cross-referencing to the domains of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework.

This will help articulate the continuum of development of the range of competencies in the APPF from undergraduate years through life-long learning. An even greater emphasis on patient-centred care and enhancing flexibility of the framework were also suggested.

The PPDC has expressed its appreciation to all the pharmacists, pharmacy organisations and non-pharmacy health organisations and individuals who took the time to participate in the national consultation. The report is available here.

The PPDC also announced the appointment of Kerry Deans as a consultant to conduct the next stage of the competency standards review. Ms Deans has considerable expertise in this area, PPDC says, and has had a pivotal role in several competency standards-related projects previously for the pharmacy profession.

The next stage of the review will involve detailed revision of the content of the competency standards. This will be informed by feedback received through the AHHA report, the expert advice of PPDC Member organisations and future consultations with the profession and other stakeholders.

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