PSA launches online CPD Planning Tool

A new, easy-to-use online CPD Planning Tool for pharmacists has been launched by PSA.

The intuitive CPD tool – developed and extensively tested by PSA – is free for members and helps to easily identify professional development needs relevant to their scope of practice and relevant competencies.

All pharmacists are now required to develop a CPD plan to determine professional development needs relevant to scope of practice, according to the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s revised Registration Standard: Continuing Professional Development.

PSA National Vice President Michelle Lynch says the PSA CPD Planning Tool – which was showcased at the PSA16 conference in Sydney last week – is a user-friendly new resource on PSA’s newly revamped website, designed for all pharmacists.

“Using the CPD tool, you can go through a step-by-step process to assess your skills against your areas of practice, identify gaps and what you need to do to upskill yourself to be able to meet the requirements of the Pharmacy Board,” Lynch says.

“When you first look at the national competency standards, you think where do I start? However this tool makes it a really simple and exciting process.

“You can easily identify your scope of practice and where you want to focus. It only takes 20 to 30 minutes and you have a CPD plan for the entire year.”

PSA spokesperson and leading pharmacist Shane Jackson welcomed the new “seamless” tool, saying it will support thousands of pharmacists across Australia.

“I think the profession has been looking for a tool like this for some time to be able to help them develop a learning plan – I’ve found the new PSA CPD tool very user-friendly and easy to understand,” he says. 

“Using this tool, CPD and learning opportunities are much more focussed around your development needs – PSA’s CPD Plan supports a forward-looking process that looks at the things that you can do to get you where you want to be in the future.”

PSA Executive Director Practice Support and Education Jan Ridd says the major advantage of the tool is the simple identification of learning opportunities by pharmacists and how PSA can provide education and training to support pharmacists’ skill development and career advancement.

“All PSA members will benefit from PSA’s CPD Planning Tool as it supports them in developing a CPD plan and it makes the process of meeting the mandatory Pharmacy Board of Australia CPD requirements easy, enjoyable and efficient,” she says.

Ridd says to highlight the many benefits of the tool, free PSA workshops for all pharmacists are being held across Australia in metropolitan and regional areas offering hands-on guidance and support in developing and maintaining a CPD plan.

To register for the free workshops, click here.

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