CPD planning tool to get back on track

Have you developed a CPD plan yet? This online tool could help – and it’s free for PSA members

From 1 December 2015, the Pharmacy Board of Australia has required that every pharmacist have a CPD plan for each 12-month CPD period (1 October to 30 September).

Intern pharmacists are also required to develop a CPD plan including activities that are separate or in addition to the intern training program activities.

A CPD plan should be “clear and structured to enable auditing” and include a “detailed, verifiable record of activities,” according to the Board.

While a specific format has not been outlined, the Pharmacy Board says professional pharmacy organisations can provide suggestions for developing CPD plans.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has stepped in by creating an online tool for those without a plan, to help them meet the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s minimum annual CPD requirements.

PSA National Vice President Michelle Lynch said the organisation’s planning tool, which is free for members, is a step-by-step guide that is easy to use and efficient.

“This user-friendly learning tool has been embraced by the entire pharmacy profession and it’s fantastic to see so many pharmacists – including non-PSA members – registering for PSA workshops to learn more about CPD planning,” Ms Lynch said.

“Using the tool, pharmacists can easily identify their scope of practice and areas where they want to focus. It’s simple and only takes 20 to 30 minutes and you have a CPD plan for the year.”

Log in to the PSA’s CPD planning tool

See the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s FAQs to brush up on CPD Plan guidelines.

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