Pharmacists seeking to have their advancing practice formally recognised can now register for the second round of the National Credentialing program through the Australian Pharmacy Council.
APC CEO Bronwyn Clark says the National Credentialing program gives pharmacists the opportunity to have their advanced work independently assessed by peers and evaluated against the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework.
“The APC responded to the demands of the pharmacy sector which sought to have a credentialing program designed and implemented to acknowledge professional expertise and standards that would be recognised nationally,” Clark says.
“Pharmacists have until the end of September to register for this National Credentialing intake. Once registered, they have up to six months to complete their portfolio, and can choose between two submission rounds of January or April next year,” she says.
There are three key components to the Credentialing program:
- a portfolio of work addressing the APPF;
- a self-assessment process; and
- a multi-source feedback tool.
“Credentialing pharmacists who are advanced in their practice supports the professional growth of pharmacists in all pharmacy practice environments,” Clark says.
“Credentialing also differentiates the advanced stages at which a pharmacist is working, whether that be as an advanced generalist, specialist, or practitioner undertaking a very specific skill-set.
“Importantly, the evaluation of pharmacists through peer review, with the assessments carried out by a cross section of health professionals, adds to the rigour and independence of the process,” Clark says.
“Our use of medical practitioners, psychologists, physiotherapists and nurses as panelists alongside pharmacists is a world-leading model, and one that reinforces the importance of inter-professional communication and teamwork for best patient care.”
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6262 9628 or find FAQ’s here.
Or listen to APC’s CEO Bronwyn Clark talk about the National Credentialing Program on this podcast.