NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

10/07/2018 14:04:56

New Vaccination Services Declaration of Competence launched

The new Vaccination Services with the use of patient group directions (PGDs) Declaration of Competence (DoC) is now available on our website.

Previously, there have been two separate DoC frameworks for vaccinations; the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service and other locally commissioned Immunisation services.

This meant that those providing the NHS service along with a locally commissioned influenza service were required to complete two DoCs.

Those two DoCs have now been merged and a new single DoC framework has been developed for all vaccination services.

It is recommended that you revisit the DoC every two years, so some people may not need to complete the new, merged DoC if they completed the practical training and DoC for the 2017-18 influenza season.

As the new DoC covers all vaccinations, the competency framework should be revisited and the statement of declaration re-signed whenever a service for a different vaccination is introduced.

In addition to completing the DoC every two years, the requirement for healthcare professionals to complete an annual update, which can be self-directed learning rather than face-to face training, remains.

What else is new?

The 2018 National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for Registered Healthcare Practitioners include a new requirement for supervised clinical practice following training.

Both the merged DoC and the statement of declaration have been amended to include a clause relating to supervision.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has developed a frequently asked questions webpage relating to the supervision clause at: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/flu-vaccination-training-requirements-faqs/

Consultation skills

In addition, actively working towards the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice: practice standards for England – available at: www.consultationskillsforpharmacy.com/docs/docc.pdf – is a core competence when completing any DoC.

If you make a declaration that you are ‘actively working towards’ the standards, you are declaring that you are undertaking the relevant learning and continuing professional development (CPD) to meet the standards.

As a pharmacy professional you should continuously seek to develop your consultation skills throughout your career and, therefore, this topic should regularly feature in your CPD plan.

It is expected that you will have accessed the standards and associated learning to meet this requirement, and will complete the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice assessment within 12 months of signing your statement of declaration.

You can access the e-assessment here: www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/consult-a-02

For further information on the Declaration of Competence system, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/doc

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