The UKCPA Critical Care Committee has paved the way in pharmacist-led national guidelines, professional recognition for advanced practitioners, and the need for practitioner-led education and training in clinical pharmacy. The Committee develops and delivers regular UKCPA learning events in critical care subjects.
Members of the Committee contributed to the development of the core standards for intensive care units which outlined minimum staffing levels of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the availability of clinical pharmacy services.
Members of the Committee, together with a virologist and input from the Health Protection Agency and the World Health Organization, produced guidance for treating influenza in critically ill patients.
Alongside other RPS Affiliated Partners, the UKCPA Critical Care Committee were instrumental in pioneering the development of professional development frameworks and tools which have since been adapted to become the basis of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation and Faculty programmes. The Committee also spearheaded the initiative to develop professional curricula which defines the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that constitute advanced and expert practice.
Mark Borthwick, Consultant Pharmacist Critical Care, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. July 2020.
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UKCPA. September 2013.
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