International pharmacy profession advances with the help of FIP resources

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The new FIP report includes success stories from 14 countries: Australia, Chile, Croatia, India, Jordan, Malawi, New Zealand, Kenya/USA, Serbia, Spain and Spain/Angola, Thailand and the UK. (Image: anaken2012/Shutterstock)

BUENO AIRES, Argentina: Universities, professional organisations and authorities around the world have been enabled to take steps towards ensuring that pharmacists are capable and competent thanks to resources produced by FIP Education (FIPEd), the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has found.

A new report, titled “Transforming our workforce”, released by FIP at the 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina, offers a collection of 14 achievements ranging from the credentialing of advanced pharmacy practice in Australia and the set-up of a new pharmacy curriculum in Chile to the adoption of a competency framework in Croatia and the development of a model to evaluate health care professionals in Jordan. All six World Health Organization regions are represented through these pharmacy workforce development success stories.

 

“This report is the most comprehensive collection of evidence so far of the value of FIP’s actions in the area of education and workforce. Since FIP started to focus on workforce and education in 2008, we have developed 23 resources and 10 strategic tools which are freely available to colleagues around the world”

said Prof Ian Bates, FIPEd development team director and editor of the report.

FIP’s Global Competency Framework, for instance, was an important reference for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in developing support tools for the UK, and FIP’s framework for quality assurance of pharmacy education has inspired the creation of a national taskforce to ensure quality education in India. Both are examples of FIPEd resources being used in steps to transform the pharmacy workforce.

Bates added: “This new report is in itself a resource. We see it as a document that describes evidence-based and tested mechanisms, enabling policymakers and leadership bodies to advance the education of the pharmacy workforce.”

The new report also gives an overview of education resources. It is the latest addition to a body of work by FIP that feeds into the global agenda of universal health care delivery and promotes the value and potential of pharmacists within this agenda.