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New UKCPA group will recognise the potential of community pharmacists’ clinical roles

Community pharmacists are to be better recognised for their clinicalroles with the inception of a community pharmacy group within theUnited Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association, it was revealed at theassociation’s autumn residential symposium held in Hinckley,Leicestershire, in November 2008

Community pharmacists are to be better recognised for their clinical roles with the inception of a community pharmacy group within the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association, it was revealed at the association’s autumn residential symposium held in Hinckley, Leicestershire, in November 2008.

The group intends to encourage skill development to support general-level and advanced community pharmacy practice, and provide a forum for pharmacists to share their clinical experiences in the care of patients in the community.

Community pharmacy’s potential in providing clinical services to patients was also highlighted in a session at the symposium, where the Competency Development and Evaluation Group general level framework was discussed.

Ian Bates, of CoDEG and head of educational development, School of Pharmacy, University of London, said of the framework: “It’s sector-independent. We know it is useful across all [pharmacy] sectors. We can, maybe, stop thinking about ‘where do you work?’ as the defining characteristic for you as a practitioner.”

Gill Hawksworth, past-president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a driving force behind the establishment of the new UKCPA group, told the symposium: “There is so much potential for community pharmacists, working with hospital colleagues, to help improve patient care.”

The community pharmacy group is to run several events in 2009 to encourage community pharmacists to join the UKCPA.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10040573

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