In October 2020, the RPS will launch a credentialing service for individual consultant pharmacists, which will include a supporting consultant pharmacist curriculum. consultant may not have direct line management responsibilities so hard to meet these descriptors. Open to pharmacists working in patient-facing roles in England and Wales, the programme aims to help pharmacists demonstrate that they are capable of working at consultant pharmacist level. we would hope that an sle could be completed retrospectively by a colleague or individual present at the interaction. we agree that close alignment with the four pillars of advanced practice is essential so pharmacists can be recognised easily and map evidence to multiprofessional frameworks. They've demonstrated the level of competence expected of a consultant pharmacist and their post has been reviewed and approved. The NHS guidance document defines a consultant pharmacist as a pharmacist who has developed and demonstrated high level expertise in their area of practice and across the four pillars, namely clinical practice, leadership, education and research. the curriculum outcomes will be easier to demonstrate in secondary care compared to primary care and community settings because of the structural barriers that exists in these. 1.1a ‘advanced level of care’ –how is advanced described? we will work to clarify the language and include a summary in the document as to how the stakes ratings were determined by the consultant pharmacist curriculum t&f group. Consultant Pharmacist Microbiology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. we believe that these descriptors are aligned with the entry-level standard for research which is asii. the proposed assessment will be too onerous for the legacy workforce who are very busy delivering frontline services. the recommended support structures in the curriculum document, such as access to expert mentors and coaches, need to be accessible across all sectors of pharmacy and geographies. the t&f group considered this feedback and have agreed to reassess this outcome as medium-risk. including all the content for these areas across different domains would also create unbalanced domains at different levels of practice. we believe that a level of direct observation of practice is required to validate this level of clinical competence. this is essential for succession planning and the sustainability of these roles. Community pharmacist-led influenza vaccination: a service evaluation. Do you want to stay up to date of all the news about Pharmacy? we agree and have tried to ensure this in the curriculum content. however, we recognise this may not always be possible for some roles or some geographies and would not want this to limit their ability to credential at this level. case studies are available in the nhs consultant pharmacist guidance. stakes, however, are related to patient risk. efficient use of resources– large scale reduction in inefficiency and wastage. some may only have supervisory responsibilities. 20 OCT 2020 13:51. we are committed to ensuring our curricula and assessments are inclusive to all. we believe that ip is implicit within the outcomes for relevant roles. consultant pharmacist’s contribution to medicines optimisation. there is no mention of breadth of practice and could allow people to gain consultant status with limited knowledge of some areas of the speciality. RPS will maintain a public-facing directory of approved consultant pharmacist posts. we will be producing more targeted, shorter guidance documents for candidates and other stakeholders. APAP’s role will be oversee all RPS advanced and consultant pharmacist assessment and credentialing processes and will report to the RPS Education and Standards Committee. to help candidates in this regard, we have however suggested a minimum of at least three pieces of discrete evidence mapped to each outcome. guidance will be provided by the RPS for anyone undertaking supervised learning events in the workplace so that they understand their role. we will change the term ‘patient-facing’ to ‘patient-focussed’ throughout the document. Learn More. The following attachments apply to the previous edition of the guidance from 2005 candidates can also demonstrate their prior experience through their portfolio by uploading any supporting evidence of this. RPS is a leading global professional services firm that defines, designs and manages projects across 6 sectors: property, energy, water, transport, resources and government. it should be clearer how the curriculum domains align to the four pillars of advanced practice, the apf and the wider post-registration development structure. Gail Fleming, RPS Director for Education and Professional Development said: “We believe that the new process to recognise posts is the gold standard and one that should be considered by other professions. RPS is a leading global professional services firm that defines, designs and manages projects across 6 sectors: property, energy, water, transport, resources and government. 6 OCT 2020 14:34. we want to avoid duplication of assessment as much as possible for the legacy workforce along with balancing our duty as a credentialing body to patients that those we credential have the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience needed to practise safely at this highly advanced level. Consultant Pharmacist Toolkit. reword outcome to broaden scope from patient-facing roles: 1.1 possesses in-depth pharmaceutical knowledge and skills in defined clinical area(s); can apply these to manage individual patients and/or patient populations requiring the most complex pharmaceutical care. View ASCP's membership categories and the benefits of joining. Existing posts will NOT need to be re-approved. more detailed comments on specific outcomes and descriptors are detailed in appendix a in greater detail. through this curriculum, we are trying to make the process of evidencing learning as flexible and embedded into day-to-day practice as possible to mitigate overburden. Mentoring and overview of practice Consultant Pharmacist Care of Older People (London, Leeds): Peer support meetings for pharmacists undertaking medication reviews in care homes and domiciliary settings. Evaluation of a pharmacist-led virtual thiopurine clinic. The RPS will administer the national credentialing assessment for all individuals and maintain a record of credentialed individuals. we understand that pharmacists are extremely busy undertaking their invaluable roles supporting patients, especially in the current pandemic situation. To provide strategic advice to the lead to whom the consultant pharmacist … Consultant Pharmacist - Frailty and Older People As part of the organisation’s commitment to strengthening clinical leadership - we are really excited about this newly created post, which is a testament to how highly pharmacy professionals are valued as part of … 295 + Members. Prof Margaret Allan, HEIW Pharmacy Dean, said: “We welcome the launch of the RPS consultant pharmacist curriculum. this may be used to evidence this outcome. should you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. I&D stakeholders were also directly contacted and encouraged to engage with the consultation via the RPS I&D co-ordinator. View ASCP's membership categories and the benefits of joining. equally, the consultant pharmacist competence committee will act as a final check that the required breadth has been achieved to be credentialed. members of these committees will not be required to be rps members; we recognise we need the right experts around the table regardless of their membership status to make these important high-stakes decisions. The outcomes-based curriculum, based on the RPS Advanced Pharmacist Framework, is comprised of five broad domains: The curriculum has been developed in line with the RPS Curriculum Development Quality Framework which defines the standards to be met by any RPS post-registration pharmacy curriculum. Joint Chair, RPS Consultant Pharmacist Group Department of health approved title from March 2005 Consultant Pharmacist title should only apply to practitioners who: ‘specialty’ is off-putting to generalist pharmacists. the curriculum outcomes relating to population level health should include descriptors relating to public health understanding. these will provide further information about the sle tools and give worked examples of when these could be used to evidence learning. Existing posts will NOT need to be re-approved. we have changed the wording to ‘measures’. It is currently being updated in line with the refreshed guidance, which has recently been published here Consultant pharmacist guidance From 14 Jan 2020, Consultant post approval applications should be submitted by employers or organisations via the application form on the RPS website. Mark Borthwick, Consultant Pharmacist Critical Care, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Consultant Pharmacist Paediatrics (London) Developed international masterclasses in Paediatric clinical care. nurses or medics, part of pharmaceutical care includes more holistic clinical skills. Feedback from these responses were thematically analysed and compiled into a feedback summary and outcome summary below: the definition of ‘patient-facing’ in the document needs revising and bringing in line with the definition in the NHS consultant pharmacist guidance. conducting sles would not be sufficient alone to demonstrate this outcome. the word ‘clinical’ in clinical competence committee is not appropriate as not all cp roles may be strictly clinical and not all members will be reviewing the portfolio from a clinical perspective. patient does not occur anywhere in domain 5 outcomes. as this is leadership then innovation should be more far-reaching? should this whole domain also include quality improvement pieces of work when conducted at a high-impact or organisational level and lead by the pharmacist? 22 SEP 2020 0:00 Learn More. it is not consultant-level practice). Consultant pharmacist post approval Working with the NHS, we have established an application and assessment model for reviewing and accrediting consultant pharmacist posts across England and Wales. Formed in January 2020, membership includes consultant pharmacists from a wide variety of sectors of practice across the UK. 1.2a ‘works with mdt’ should be altered to ‘works as part of the mdt’. would you be anticipating retrospective assessment? legacy workforce may be disadvantaged as their prior experience which has not been formally certified will not be easy to evidence. we will also include a diagram to show where this level of practice fits in to the wider post-registration landscape. of Health 2005 Expert practice 1. we will also be presenting key information on our website, so it is easier to assimilate. Services Advisory and management consulting we will make the patient benefits more explicit in these outcomes. we would welcome feedback from those working in such settings if they believe that this is not the case. we have not stipulated, for example, any time limit as to when the portfolio needs to be submitted and recognise that some individuals may need longer to complete the programme because of their working pattern or because they need to take a break in their career. we will make this clear in the curriculum as we agree that sles do not necessarily have to take place in person and can be effectively delivered remotely. © 2020 Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists, Make sure you're ready - sign up for our free workshops. we will add a section to the document with diagrams showing how the consultant pharmacist curriculum domains align with the four pillars of advanced practice and apf. A full list of those stakeholders invited to participate is available on request. They have Evaluation of a pharmacist-led virtual thiopurine clinic. 20 OCT 2020 13:51. others could be more specific about the demonstrable skills / practices. The pharmacy leadership team at Leeds GP Confederation have collaborated with our Training Pharmacist contributions to consultant-led post-take ward rounds: a service evaluation. we will more explicitly reference that the breadth required must be in line with mastery level as defined in the apf. descriptor b-should this be leads or authors guideline production? this outcome requires the individual to demonstrate that they have improved service delivery beyond their organisation and not to critically appraise research protocols beyond their organisation. we would welcome any feedback, though, on how the presentation of the information can be continually improved. outcomes related to research are rated too low as are very important for the consultant pharmacist role. suggested wording below and on reflection i’m not sure this descriptor is clear with use of “protocols”. This can be accessed on the Specialist Pharmacy Service website. we understand, though, that this committee’s remit is to assess both clinical and non-clinical aspect and we therefore will rename this to: “consultant pharmacist competence committee”. we believe that a key component of these roles needs to be directly developing and growing a body of staff in their field of clinical practice in their local organisation and setting (e.g. 20 OCT 2020 13:51. we have tried to be innovative and flexible in our approach to minimise any difficulty for those practising in primary care or community sectors. The second, Consultant Pharmacist in Diabetes, is due to be reviewed by the RPS at their next approval meeting. the document was designed in line with the rps curriculum quality guidance and presented in a similar format to comparable post-graduate curricula in other professions. To develop the underlying curriculum and assessment programme to support consultant-ready credentialing, a consultant pharmacist curriculum task and finish group was created to provide a coordinated approach to developing the consultant pharmacist curriculum. given the group decision making nature of these decisions, it is important to note that no individual member will be able to ‘fail’ a candidate; this decision will need to be mutually agreed by all members of the committee. The RPS will maintain a public-facing directory of approved consultant pharmacist posts. we have developed this curriculum with input from nes and have received a lot of engagement from scottish stakeholders on its content. we also want to maximise the potential for the legacy workforce to have previously certified learning recognised to avoid duplication of effort. we will rename ‘clinical speciality’ to ‘area of clinical practice’ to be more inclusive. Community pharmacist-led influenza vaccination: a service evaluation. A Consultant Pharmacist Toolkit has been developed by the Medicines Use and Safety Team. The deadline for applications is 27 January. To find a consultant in your areas, please see the RPS-maintained public-facing directory of approved consultant pharmacist posts. we accept that there will still be some variability in judgments across workplaces as these judgments are subjective. For more information please see RPS consultant pharmacist page. given the level of performance described in the descriptors, we believe that this is pitched correctly. organisational isn’t enough and this has a direct influence on the way patients are cared for. 2005. we will make it clear that these roles are slightly different to traditional mentor and coach roles. retrospective experience from previous roles may also demonstrate this outcome. akin to a medical consultant and junior doctors going through a specialist training programme). The Consultant Pharmacist curriculum consultation was open for three weeks from 1st September to 22nd September 2020. we recognise that secondary care settings may have traditional structures to support individuals undertaking this programme. there should be more information on the recommended number of pieces of evidence needed to be included in the portfolio. calibration and standardisation of assessors undertaking SLEs in the workplace will be important – how will this be achieved? Risk Placement Services (RPS) is a Managing General Agent/Underwriting Manager and nationally focused wholesale insurance broker. acpl routes for those who have achieved under the hee acp multi-professional framework should be clarified. the curriculum outcomes need more explicit reference to how they will directly benefit patients. MEMBERSHIP. Formed in January 2020, membership includes consultant pharmacists from a wide variety of sectors of practice across the UK. Community pharmacist-led influenza vaccination: a service evaluation. this would hopefully be identified by mentors but should be stated to ensure it is covered and considered. A senior care pharmacist is a medication therapy management expert who provides advice on the use of medications by older adults, whether they live in the community or in long-term care facilities. Due to technical issues, could all applicants please email their post approval applications to [email protected] Submit your application the written information needs simplifying. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will take on the role of approving consultant pharmacists' posts on behalf of the NHS in England and Wales and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a consultant pharmacist credentialing programme.To read the whole article click on the headline. we will also be providing supportive webinars about the use of sle tools to evidence learning. the curriculum outcomes are currently too focussed on roles in acute secondary settings because of the definition of clinical speciality. MEMBERSHIP. this development of staff should include supporting juniors with their own progression towards consultant-level practice across the five domains. there needs to be more guidance for potential candidates about the sle tools, whether these are mandatory or not and how these should be used to build portfolios of evidence. we believe that quality improvement has been covered too in the leadership and professional practice domains. December 2012 (4th edition). The RPS is currently seeking expert members to join the consultant post approval panel. RPS Accredited Training Provider The UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Network: Leading, inspiring and influencing all over the world. Her enjoyment of working with patients led her to the role: “I was working in a managerial role before I took up the post but was not happy to be moving away from patients,” she explains. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has launched a consultant pharmacist credentialing programme. we will make this information clear at the beginning of the document, so it is clear to the reader that this credentialing service is open to all pharmacists, not just rps members. we would actively encourage those undertaking the programme to gain as much cross-sector experience as possible. • Consultant Pharmacist posts in Scotland should be appointed consistently with other Consultant Pharmacists employed in other UK countries, following the guidance released in January 2020, as a result of the RPS led review. APAP’s role will be oversee all RPS advanced and consultant pharmacist assessment and credentialing processes and will report to the RPS Education and Standards Committee. as suggested, we hope that the clinical mentor and professional coach as well as other collaborators would help guide the individual as to breadth of practice required for this level of practice. A broad range of relevant and potentially interested UK stakeholder groups were identified prior to launching the consultation and these organisations were targeted with specific comms. They have been credentialed as such and have been appointed to an approved consultant post. The outcomes-based curriculum, based on the RPS Advanced Pharmacist Framework, is comprised of five broad domains: 6 OCT 2020 14:34. At RPS, we support our people to innovate, collaborate and build meaningful careers. we will try to simplify the language in the document to ensure it is accessible to all. could emphasise more cross-sector or external to organisation? ensures that the practitioner is part of the process rather than outside of it. can they be drawn from other professions; do they need to be rps members? Consultant Pharmacist Cardiology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals. A consultant pharmacist is a pharmacist who has developed and demonstrated high level expertise in their area of practice and across the four pillars outlined in the 2005 guidance, namely clinical practice, leadership, education and research. 6 OCT 2020 14:34. Individuals must be credentialed as consultant-ready to be eligible to fill consultant pharmacist posts. More specifically APAP will: there needs to be greater clarity on how the proposed expert mentor and professional coach roles will be provided/funded and whose responsibility this is. medicines optimisation should be explicitly referenced in the curriculum outcomes. it may be challenging to find people with the time to fulfil these support roles as they may be too onerous. 22 SEP 2020 0:00 3.4c- suggest adding to reconfigure as well as support further resource. we maintain that this outcome has a medium risk. for example, we have tried not to be prescriptive about how the support mechanisms and supervised learning events should be undertaken and hope that these can be delivered remotely. all members of the ccc will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest prior to assessing a candidate’s portfolio. The toolkit contains: Eight examples of Consultant Pharmacist achievement, by specialty, from information presented at the June 2015 ten year anniversary event. we recognise the importance of public health principles, particularly health improvement and health service improvement, for population-level health and hope to have implicitly included these principles in the curriculum outcomes. Read our response to the RPS Consultant Pharmacist consultation here. Consultant Pharmacist Guidance Stephen Doherty Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Clinical Fellow 2017/18 on behalf of Nina Barnett & Nicola Stoner (Joint Chairs of the RPS Consultant Pharmacist Group) and Richard Goodman (Chair of the Consultant Pharmacist … the nomenclature should be changed to avoid this confusion. Author ghppharmacy Posted on 22nd September 2020 22nd September 2020 Categories Consultations Post navigation. “The RPS's new credentialing service will provide a consistent approach - ensuring credentialed practitioners have the correct knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience. these roles are not mandated, can be undertaken by anyone with the relevant experience (from across all professions) and they do not need to be members of the rps. The post approval service is required to: Approved consultant pharmacist posts will be added to our directory of approved consultant pharmacist posts across England and Wales. we agree that research is an integral part to consultant-level practice and all candidates will be expected to demonstrate they have met the curriculum outcomes related to research to pass the assessment. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has established an Advanced Pharmacist Assessment Panel (APAP) as part of its education governance structure. ccc assessment performance with respect to their peers will be monitored by the rps. Pharmacist contributions to consultant-led post-take ward rounds: a service evaluation. Challenge yourself in a company that's flexible, friendly and creative. we will make this information clearer in the curriculum document. We actively promoted the consultation through RPS social media channels, through direct member communications and via a dedicated Faculty member webinar. is this pitched too low - should all pharmacists not be working at this level? Consultant Pharmacist JD-vs1-May 2017 (Nina Barnett and Nicola Stoner) 6 Consultant pharmacist role outline Adapted from ‘Guidance for the Development of Consultant Pharmacists’ Dept. we recognise that this curriculum, however, focusses primarily on those in more clinically focussed roles. we understand the time pressures on the healthcare workforce, especially at this time. the curriculum needs to be accessible for pharmacists working in remote and rural locations. we will also look to incorporate case studies in our website information to help bring the curriculum to life. all members of the ccc will be recruited transparently by the rps and will need to provide evidence they have the requisite experience to meet the role descriptions. What is a consultant pharmacist? Outlined in the new NHS guidance on consultant pharmacist, the service will ensure consistency of approach and quality assurance for the job. we agree that this is important and are currently working with the respective educational commissioning bodies to explore how to develop and support individuals to meet the curriculum outcomes. the term clinical speciality throughout needs to be clarified to ensure it is inclusive to generalists and those practising in primary care and community settings. retrospective experience from previous roles may also demonstrate this outcome. More specifically APAP will: In total, we received 38 responses to the consultation despite the relatively short time period. we have widened the definition of ‘patient-facing’ to capture those roles with a direct impact on patient populations as well as individuals. Following on from the launch of our standardised consultant pharmacist post approval process, the RPS announced its plans to develop a credentialing service for individuals to be assessed as meeting the entry standard for consultant-level practice. the curriculum was developed in collaboration with representatives from hee, nes and heiw and we are working with these bodies to explore how we develop these support structures across the uk. the term ‘pharmaceutical care’ is too narrow and should be widened to clinical care in line with other professions e.g. “The RPS's new credentialing service will provide a consistent approach - ensuring credentialed practitioners have the correct knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience. It will ensure the right people take up approved consultant pharmacist posts. we have stipulated that this outcome must be demonstrated at organisational level and beyond. it needs to be clearer that sles can be undertaken remotely using digital solutions. we have stipulated that this is across boundaries, which infers across professions, geographies and/or systems. someone very experienced and capable leaves and there is no-one easily identifiable with most of the skills already in development). more information is needed on how ccc members will be recruited and quality assured. the rps will provide guidance of the knowledge, skills and experience we would expect from those undertaking these roles but would expect the candidate to nominate appropriate individuals to support them with their learning. 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