SHPA welcomes advanced practice pharmacist credentialing

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The continuation of advanced practice pharmacist credentialing has been welcomed by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

SHPA CEO, Kristin Michaels says the announcement by the Australian Pharmacy Council that the program will continue is positive news for the future of the profession.

“SHPA has a strong commitment to ensuring positive career paths for pharmacists and welcomes this decision,” Michaels says.

“We provided support for participants in the pilot who were credentialed as Advanced Practice Pharmacists because we have an ongoing commitment to ensuring that education, training and support for pharmacists keeps pace with advances in health care.

“The role of pharmacists is evolving and becoming more sophisticated in response to measures to enhance quality of health care, and enhanced patient outcomes, within Australia’s healthcare system,” she says.

“The process of credentialing, along with more sophisticated approaches to continuing professional development, paves the way for pharmacists to continue to provide critical, integral services and to be fully supported throughout their careers.

Michaels says the pilot provided valuable insight into how SHPA can best support pharmacists applying for the next cohort of advanced practice credentialing in June 2016.

“We will apply our expertise to ensure they continue to receive optimal support and robust opportunities to pursue a successful, rewarding career.

“In parallel with this initiative, under the direction of the SHPA Federal Council, a robust review of the support and services provided to members is currently being undertaken with a view to ensuring ongoing support for the growing sophistication and diversity of pharmacy roles,” she says

She says SHPA is actively supporting several initiatives that will address the increasing sophistication of pharmacy and the journeys made by pharmacists towards advanced practice.

“We are strategically planning and preparing for implementation of profession-wide initiatives that will support quality healthcare and lay the foundations for robust recognition of the immense value of the work undertaken by pharmacists.”

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