Page 1: Introduction to the project

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Introduction to the project

The Pharmacy Technician Advanced Practice Framework has been developed collaboratively between Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK).

The draft framework is intended to provide clarity on the skills and competencies required for existing and emerging advanced practice roles. The framework will enable pharmacy technicians to demonstrate transferrable skills and target specific areas for development. 

The descriptors are intentionally generic so that the framework can be applied across all sectors of pharmacy practice. The descriptors describe the minimum expectation for a pharmacy technician at 'advanced' and 'mastery' level and have been worded as practice-based competence outcomes. The mastery level descriptors are based on the assumption that advanced level descriptors are already met. 

The framework will be an open-access document and has been written primarily as a self-development tool for pharmacy technicians. There is scope for the framework to be used by employers to support and develop their pharmacy technician workforce, though it is not intended as a performance management tool. 

​Consultation survey

HEIW and APTUK are seeking feedback on the draft framework to ensure that it is fit for purpose and correctly articulates 'advanced' and 'mastery' roles.

The individual sections are embedded in the survey below. If you would like to open a PDF of the whole framework in a separate tab please click here https://static.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/media/account/1453/survey/425579/question/pharmacy_technician_advanced_p.pdf

The feedback from this consultation will be collated, reviewed and then used to inform amendments of the final draft.

Your thoughts and feedback are greatly appreciated and are key to ensuring the success of the project.

It is estimated that the survey will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

 

1.1. Are you providing a response on behalf of an organisation? Required
2.2. Which sector do you work in? (If you are responding on behalf of an organisation please select other and provide details) Required
3.3. How long have you been qualifed as a Pharmacy Technician? (Please skip this question if you responding on behalf of an organisation)

Definition of advanced practice

As part of this project a reference group was drawn from across the four nations and across sectors of practice. The reference group discussed potential definitions of 'advanced practice' at a meeting in November and subsequently voted on their preferred definition.

The following definition has been used as a working definition....

'An advanced practice pharmacy technician is an experienced pharmacy professional with the expert skill to work autonomously within their complex scope of practice​'

4.4. Does this definition describe 'advanced practice' for pharmacy technicians? Required

Descriptor levels

As part of this project a reference group was drawn from across the four nations and across sectors of practice. The reference group discussed how many 'levels' of advanced practice should be included in the framework, e.g. advanced only, advanced 1 and 2 and/or mastery. Following the November meeting the reference group voted on their preferred option. 

The preferred option was to have two levels of descriptors 

1. Advanced 

2. Mastery

5.5. Do you agree that the advanced practice framework should describe practice at 'advanced' and 'mastery' levels? Required

Framework domains

As part of this project a reference group was drawn from across the four nations and across sectors of practice. The reference group discussed potential framework domains at a meeting in November and subsequently voted on their preferred domain structure

The following domains have been adopted as a working structure...

Domain 1: Expert professional practice

Domain 2: Management

Domain 3: Education, training and development

Domain 4: Leadership

Domain 5: Improving quality and safety

 

The reference group discussed the inclusion of a research domain and the consensus was not to include a separate domain, but to include some research descriptors within the ‘improving quality and safety domain’. We would welcome your thoughts on this.

6.6. Do the domains capture the key areas of 'advanced practice' for pharmacy technicians? Required

Domain: Expert professional practice

7.7. Are the descriptors clearly worded?
8.8. Are the descriptors outcome focused?
9.9. Are the descriptors generic enough to apply across all sectors of practice?
10.10. Are the 'advanced' descriptors at the correct level?
11.11. Are the 'mastery' descriptors at the correct level?

Domain: Management

14.14. Are the descriptors clearly worded?
15.15. Are the descriptors outcome focused?
16.16. Are the descriptors generic enough to apply across all sectors of practice?
17.17. Are the 'advanced' descriptors at the correct level?
18.18. Are the 'mastery' descriptors at the correct level?

Domain: Education, training and development

21.21. Are the descriptors clearly worded?
22.22. Are the descriptors outcome focused?
23.23. Are the descriptors generic enough to apply across all sectors of practice?
24.24. Are the 'advanced' descriptors at the correct level?
25.25. Are the 'mastery' descriptors at the correct level?

Domain: Leadership

28.28. Are the descriptors clearly worded?
29.29. Are the descriptors outcome focused?
30.30. Are the descriptors generic enough to apply across all sectors of practice?
31.31. Are the 'advanced' descriptors at the correct level?
32.32. Are the 'mastery' descriptors at the correct level?

Domain: Improving quality and safety

35.35. Are the descriptors clearly worded?
36.36. Are the descriptors outcome focused?
37.37. Are the descriptors generic enough to apply across all sectors of practice?
38.38. Are the 'advanced' descriptors at the correct level?
39.39. Are the 'mastery' descriptors at the correct level?

Other feedback