At Pharmacy in Practice, we are very excited to announce that we are developing a unique micro-credentialing service for independent prescriber pharmacists working in community pharmacies. This programme is designed to support pharmacists with an interest in deepening their knowledge and competence in the area of vaccination services.
The first programme will be held early in 2022 so we are therefore recruiting up to 60 independent prescribing pharmacists to take part.
The programme is open to any pharmacist working in community pharmacy who has achieved the independent prescriber qualification.
This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to build and demonstrate your competence in this clinical area.
Managing Director of Pharmacy in Practice Johnathan Laird said:
“We are very proud to share this unique opportunity designed to support independent prescribing community pharmacists. Community pharmacists deserve opportunities to develop and work autonomously. I have always been of the opinion that community pharmacy practice offers the most interesting and diverse career in pharmacy but things must now change.
“I started my own prescribing journey a number of years ago and understand the potential of pharmacists working as prescribers in the heart of their communities. I also understand the risks. The need to create pragmatic training environments to allow pharmacist IPs to extend their practice and build competence has never been more important. Supervision, competence frameworks and mentoring are all areas that our profession needs to develop and we are now in a position to play our own part in this.
“I am proud that four years after starting Pharmacy in Practice my company is now in a position to invest in the training of 60 independent prescribers to deliver private vaccination services in community pharmacy. We want pharmacists to be free to deliver excellent care to people accessing their services whilst taking a pragmatic approach to risk.
“Services delivered in community pharmacy must strike a balance of being evidence-based whilst being profitable too. One of the fundamental responsibilities of the pharmacist profession is to use our talents and considerable privilege to design services that will ultimately benefit the people we care for.
“With the education and training reforms coming down the track we must now take tangible steps to support community pharmacist independent prescribers.
“Our first-ever micro-credentialing programme will begin in early 2022. If you would like to get involved please fill in the contact form below and I will be in touch.
“I look forward to working with many of you to realise our ambition of having an independent prescribing pharmacist actively prescribing in every community pharmacy in the UK.”