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CPPE e-assessment update

Following a high level of access and feedback from those who have used the online assessment system so far, CPPE have announced the first stage review of this ground-breaking approach.

As you know the assessment offers you an innovative way to view professional pharmacy practice and evaluate it. It encourages you to reflect on your own practice and consider how others may perceive and evaluate your performance. Now that over 2000 people have worked through the assessment, CPPE have been able to collate their insights, comments and honest reflection to help refine the assessment model. This makes sure that it meets your needs, offers a valid measure of your performance and reassures patients and customers that pharmacy professionals are committed to excellence.

The current feedback has led to the production of some valuable materials to help you complete this assessment. These include:

  • CPPE e-lecture Consultation skills: improving your practice
  • A video by Reena Barai on how to prepare yourself for the assessment
  • A set of video assessment guidelines

The guidelines are available for you to read through and are designed to be used as a reference source whilst you work through the assessment.

Users of the assessment also wanted more feedback on where judgements differed from those of the panel who originally assessed the videos. CPPE are currently in the process of building and testing a new part of the assessment process which will support you in gaining this understanding.

Consultation skills for pharmacy practice newsletter

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In August 2015, CSfPP produced its first newsletter, to provide pharmacy professionals with up to date information regarding training and development surrounding consultation skills.

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National practice standards

A newly developed set of national practice standards for consultation skills in pharmacy were launched on 18 March 2014. These practice standards define the competencies that pharmacy professionals need to achieve in order to conduct consultations and public health interventions effectively. The standards have been developed using the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) framework, to help integrate pharmacy with other healthcare professions. They also reflect components of the medication-related consultation framework, a validated tool for assessing the consultation. Find out more...

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Consultation skills learning and development programme

Health Education England (HEE) launched the new consultation skills learning and development programme on 18 March 2014. The programme, developed by HEE, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) and key stakeholders across the profession, represents a national programme of change in pharmacy and will apply to more than 60,000 pharmacy professionals across England. Designed to help pharmacy professionals to improve their skills in carrying out consultations with patients and in delivering public health messages, this learning and development programme is relevant to all sectors of pharmacy: hospitals, community pharmacies, primary care, GP practices, care homes, secure environments and the armed forces. It will also be of significant interest to universities and colleges who are training the next generation of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Find out more...