Advancing practice through strategic workforce development in community and hospital settings

Friday 2 October 2015
D3*     Session accredited under ACPE,UAN: 0579-0000-15-015-L04-P (3.0 contact hours)

Organised by the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section and FIPEd (AIM, EDT)


The Global Competency Framework (GbCF) - developed by FIPEd and partners - describes the range of Foundation competencies expected of all pharmacists and is a tool becoming widely accepted globally. Examples of its use in the community and hospital setting will be explored and mapped to the FIP Basel Statements for the future of hospital pharmacy. For the individual pharmacist, competency based assessments provide a platform for identifying professional development, requirements, identifying gaps and planning career progression. To further promote the profession, pharmacists must continue to develop from novices to more advanced practitioners. Advanced practitioners have higher competencies or capabilities and their performance may be described by a set of advanced competencies flexible enough to be able to be applied across a wide range of pharmacist practitioner roles and scopes of practice.

This session will investigate how advanced practice can be defined and described, and will seek to identify the global need for defining advanced pharmacy practice roles. The potential role of a “Global Advanced Competency Framework” will be discussed along with mechanisms for recognising and rewarding more advanced practice. 

The session will be a mix of leading edge presentations together with workshops and consensus panels. 

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline current pharmacy practices in the context of the Global Competency Framework and the FIP Basel Statements and how they are interlinked.
  2. Explain how to apply continuing professional development principles for workforce development using the global competency framework.
  3. Explain the concept of advanced competencies and determine the need for global advanced pharmacy practice.
  4. Express the role of advanced competency frameworks in workforce development.
  5. Describe how workforce performance can be linked to professional development and understand the importance of better workforce planning for better patient care.
  6. Define how performance can be measured in the workplace in order to develop strategies for advancement.

Chairs: Rebekah Moles (The University of Sydney, Australia) and Ian Bates (FIPEd, UK)


14:30 1) The global competency framework, the Basel Statements and a need to develop advanced competencies – is a global framework achievable?
Andreia Bruno (FIPEd, Portugal)

14:45 2) Current issues regarding competency based training and assessment - a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean region

Dalia Bajis (The University of Sydney, Australia)

15:00 3) Advanced competency - evidence, practice and case studies - report launch

Kirstie Galbraith (Monash University, Australia)

a. The Australian experience of development and introduction of a formal pathway to advanced practice recognition
Ian Coombes (Australian Pharmacy Council & Soc. Hospital Pharmacists of Australia - SHPA)

b. Singapore – developing specialities in a new health context

Lita Chew (Ministry of Health, Singapore)

14:45 Break 

c. UK – developing a ‘Royal College’ approach to professional recognition
Catherine Duggan (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London)

d. Global assessment of advancement of hospital pharmacy practice according to FIP's Basel Statements
Stephen Eckel (The University of North Carolina, USA)

e. e-Learning projects available for developing countries
Pascal Bonnabry (University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland)

16:55 4) Workforce performance: linking individual development - using continuing professional development principles - with workforce performance: better training for better health (in partnership with WHO/WB)
Ian Bates (FIPEd, UK)