Advancing Practice has opened for applications, marking the start of Round 2 of the new centralised program for assessing pharmacists’ career achievements and impact on patient care
Round 2 applications close on Friday 15 June, after which pharmacist participants will have four months to collate evidence and submit their practice portfolio via the Advancing Practice portal.
Associate Professor Ian Coombes, Chair of the Advancing Practice Advisory Board, says the program continues to attract building interest.
“We are excited to continue to deliver a robust mechanism for the collation and assessment of Australian pharmacists’ activities and achievements through independent third-party review,” he says.
“After a strong response to Round 1 in March and subsequent selection and training of Advancing Practice evaluators in May, we look forward to conferring the first Advancing Practice credentials and postnominals in September.’
Sam Turner, fellow member of the Advancing Practice Advisory Board, says the program gives young pharmacists the ability to take a proactive step in developing their own learning.
“I see Advancing Practice as a way for early career pharmacists to get involved and look at where they’re practising now, where their gaps are and where they may want to improve and really focus on how they can get to where they want to be within their career.”
Mr Turner discusses how Advancing Practice is for all pharmacists, at all stages of their career in a new video released to coincide with the opening of Round 2 applications.
He says Advancing Practice looks at all aspects of pharmacist’s competencies to identify how practitioners can develop and improve.
“I think for community pharmacy it’s a step forward, especially so pharmacists can break out of silos and say: ‘this is how I can really impact my career, and this is how I can impact patients at a higher level’.
“That’s a really unique opportunity that Advancing Practice brings.”