RPS Affiliated Partners announce National Training Programmes

18, Jan 2017 News
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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Affiliated Partners* have announced their plans to design and deliver National Training Programmes in 2017 to all sectors of the pharmacy profession.

The RPS Affiliated Partners National Training Programmes will provide pharmacists with structured, accredited, expert training which is clinically oriented to a topic, subject or speciality focus.  Pharmacists will be able to pick training in a variety of topics to broaden their knowledge, or focus on a particular area so they are equipped to provide excellent clinical care to patients and the public, regardless of where they are situated. These programmes are being developed to support all pharmacists, addressing pharmacy clinical training needs through to advanced levels of career development up to Consultant level.

The training programmes will consist of components that can be chosen to suit an individual’s scope or level of practice.  Face-to-face training days will be supported by self-directed learning and support resources both before and after the event.  A practice experience element will also be added once the programmes are established, where employers will provide accredited training placements. Training aligns to the RPS Roadmap to advanced practice and can contribute towards CPD. Certificates will be earned by practitioners who have completed assessments linked to each component of the programme.

Face-to-face training days will be supported by self-directed learning and support resources both before and after the event.

Ann Page, Chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA), one of the RPS Affiliated Partners, says: “National Training Programmes will replace the current ad hoc informal and opportunistic approach to training and career progression and replace this with a structured, integrated, accredited and, quality assured training provision infrastructure to meet the needs of post-foundation pharmacy practitioners.”

Geoff Saunders, former Chair of the British Oncology Pharmacy Association, an RPS Affiliated Partner, says: “The clinical training programmes will be relevant and appropriate for all sectors. The bulk of the profession are working within the scope of advanced generalism and a broad scope of knowledge is essential in order to deliver community and primary care services. Additionally, practitioners working in the hospital sector must maintain their broad knowledge as well as their specialist knowledge in order to deliver seven-day services.”

Liz Butterfield, Chair of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association, an RPS Affiliated Partner which represents pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in GP practices, care homes and in the community says : “National Training Programmes will provide much needed accredited packages of training that can support advancement to Consultant level in all sectors of Pharmacists’ practice. As care shifts to the community setting the NHS and Social Care need credentialed advanced pharmacist practitioners who can be commissioned to effectively manage medicines with patients to optimise outcomes and value. The PCPA are delighted to be involved.”

What will a National Training Programme look like?

The National Training Programmes will consist of components which can be chosen by the practitioner to suit his or her scope and level of practice. Face-to-face training days will cover a range of therapeutic areas throughout the year, delivered by experts within the Affiliated Partner groups. Each training day will be supported by self-learning and support resources before and after the event.

Each component of the programmes will be mapped to professional curricula and the Advanced Pharmacy Framework, where appropriate. This will ensure that practitioners can choose the training that is right for their practice and career development. Each component will feature an assessment so that practitioners can receive a certificate of completion to demonstrate evidence of their training to employers, commissioners, patients, the GPhC and the Faculty.

How will it help me?

National training programmes will provide practitioners with structured, accredited, quality assured training provision.

The training programmes will capture knowledge, skills and behaviours through training events and practice experience.  The programmes will be clinically oriented with a topic, subject or speciality focus. Practitioners can gain experience in multiple areas, leading to advanced generalism, or can follow a more defined career path towards a specialist career. 

The training programmes will be relevant and appropriate for all sectors. The bulk of the profession are working within the scope of advanced generalism and a broad scope of knowledge is essential in order to deliver community and primary care services. Additionally, practitioners working in the hospital sector must maintain their broad knowledge as well as their specialist knowledge in order to deliver seven-day services.

Certificates of completion for each component of the training programmes will enable practitioners to provide evidence of their training to current or prospective employers, commissioners, patients, the GPhC and the RPS Faculty in order to gain professional recognition.

Can I start now?

Affiliated Partners will begin to deliver components within the national training programmes during 2017. Initially, Phase I of the programmes will feature face-to-face training days with additional pre- and post-event self-learning and support resources. Future phases of the programmes will feature practice experience elements, where local Trusts and employers will provide training placements, with a quality assurance and training specification.

For further information, please contact Dr Sarah Carter, UKCPA General Secretary

The RPS Affiliated Partners are:

  • British Oncology Pharmacy Association
  • British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group
  • College of Mental Health Pharmacy
  • HIV Pharmacy Association
  • Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacy Group
  • NHS Pharmaceutical Production Committee
  • NHS Pharmaceutical Aseptic Services Group
  • NHS QA
  • Palliative Care Pharmacist Network
  • Primary and Community Care Pharmacy Network
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Association
  • Technical Specialist Education and Training
  • UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA)
  • UK Renal Pharmacy Group
  • UK Ophthalmic Pharmacy Group
  • UK Medicines Information
  • UK Radiopharmacy Group

The RPS Affiliated Partners collaborate and cooperate with the RPS to achieve shared goals and aims to the mutual benefit of both organisations and the profession on specific areas agreed under the seven principles of affiliation. These are: To provide accredited education, training and development; to develop, steward and support professional curricula; to support and (where appropriate) deliver assessments for RPS Faculty and Foundation; to develop and deliver shared events; to support, develop and disseminate research and evaluation; to actively support the RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes; to promote membership (where applicable) across affiliated groups and RPS.