Competency standards framework endorsed

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Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee updates on revised competency standards, advanced practice pharmacists and pharmacist prescribing

As of the PPDC meeting late last year, all PPDC member organisations have now endorsed the revised competency standards framework following the completion of the review of the profession’s competency standards.

The new framework is being prepared for publication and will be made available early this year, PPDC says.

The Committee says it acknowledges and thanks the individuals and organisations involved in this process.

To assist with the implementation of the new framework, the PPDC is currently consulting with Member organisations on the needs and priorities of practice support tools for development and testing. This work is being funded by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

The PPDC also held a “robust” discussion at the meeting about options for future advanced practice recognition and credentialing, following the October 2016 decision by the Australian Pharmacy Council to cease its national credentialing program.

“The PPDC is committed to progressing further work as a priority to support the continuation of this important professional initiative, and to enable interested pharmacists to apply as soon as possible in 2017,” the Committee says.

The PPDC also received a request from the Board to help facilitate work relating to proposals for prescribing by pharmacists consistent with the Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (Health Workforce Australia, 2013) and taking into account the Prescribing Competencies Framework (National Prescribing Service, 2012).

The PPDC agreed to assist the Board to ensure a profession-wide position can be established and a coordinated and considered response provided.

Work will commence on this initiative in 2017.

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