Date of prep: December 2020
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A study has revealed what changes that general practitioners, general practice nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians anticipate in the way in which they will undertake CPD over the next 12 months.
The authors identified that little was known about the CPD preferences of registered members of the primary healthcare teams in Scotland and therefore a survey was necessary. The survey of CPD preferences and activities of these four professions was previously published. (1)
This new qualitative research focuses on one question in the original survey that participants answered by writing free text.
‘Please describe any changes that you anticipate in the way in which you will undertake CPD over the next 12 months.’
There were 2,813 responses to the original questionnaire, from an estimated workforce population in Scotland of 14,000. (2, 3) The remaining 1,159 respondents provided free-text comments which were analysed.
The comments from the participants were collated and the following five themes were identified:
The study highlighted that there was a desire for face-to-face courses, for interactive learning and for a variety of learning methods. Respondents valued learning with others and Practice-Based Small Group Learning was considered to be flexible and promoted inter-professional learning and socialisation.
Participants felt that a lack of time for learning was seen as a barrier. There was a recognition that CPD was needed to support them as their roles developed in primary healthcare.
Pharmacy in Practice is a UK pharmacy publication with its roots in Scotland.