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New leadership skills training for primary care pharmacists

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care in England will have the chance to improve their leadership skills in a new Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme, accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Primary Care Pharmacy Association president Liz Butterfield, left, and director Michelle Kaulbach-Mills, with the chief executive of Pharmacy Management, John Stanley

Source: Julia Robinson / The Pharmaceutical Journal

Primary Care Pharmacy Association president Liz Butterfield, left, and director Michelle Kaulbach-Mills, with the chief executive of Pharmacy Management, John Stanley

The Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA) has signed an agreement with training provider Pharmacy Management to develop its Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy (CLIP) programme in England.

The agreement was signed at the Pharmacy Management National Forum on 10 November 2017 by the PCPA president Liz Butterfield (pic: left), and director Michelle Kaulbach-Mills, and the chief executive of Pharmacy Management, John Stanley.

The CLIP programme, which has been accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty programme, offers pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care the opportunity to enhance their leadership potential and progress their careers.

“As they go through the programme they take on leadership skills that are perhaps hard to access in the current busy [working] environment” said Stanley.

“They will also pick up practical skills that they can embed into their day-to-day practice as well as use to further their careers,” he added.

The CLIP programme has already been run successfully in Scotland and recruitment for 24 applicants for the England programme will begin in early 2018. The 12-month programme will comprise ten compulsory modules aiming to enhance skills such as project management and communication skills.

“We have identified some amazing people within our networks and we’d love to both nurture and support them to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Kaulbach-Mills.

Butterfield said the programme was important for pharmacists to prepare for a changing healthcare environment.

“We need to prepare people for what healthcare is going to look like next,” she added.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20203922

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