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Commonwealth Pharmacists Association seeks views on pharmacists’ educational needs

A survey to discover the training and educational needs of pharmacists across Commonwealth countries has been launched in a bid to boost pharmacists’ clinical skills.

The survey also aims to find out what support individuals and professional organisations need to improve their negotiating and policy development skills so that they can help influence their home governments’ plans for pharmacy.

The survey launched by the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is the first step in a move to develop online education support and training for the profession in Commonwealth countries.

It is the first CPA survey of its kind and fits neatly into the organisation’s 10-point 2014 strategic plan, which includes a commitment to improve communication with members, improve member benefits and boost the role it plays in pharmacist education and training.

CPA president Raymond Anderson, who is a community pharmacist in Portadown, Northern Ireland, told PJ Online: “Until now the CPA has done workshops and conferences and we go out and visit people and represent different countries at senior level in government.

“We have realised that we need to [address] some of the more immediate needs on the ground. One of the things we found from our conference in Ghana was the sheer number of people looking for education and training.

“This survey isn’t just about education and training needs; it’s also about development of policy because what we have found is that some members don’t have the skills in developing policy initiatives with their government offices.”

The survey is open to any pharmacist; it is not restricted to CPA members.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11133151

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