Using the general levelframework to guide training and development needs of pharmacists working in paediatrics

Stacey, Sonya R., Coombes, Ian, Cardiff, Lynda, Wainwright, Claire and Whitfield, Karen M. (2015) Using the general levelframework to guide training and development needs of pharmacists working in paediatrics. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 45 3: 322-330. doi:10.1002/jppr.1140


Author Stacey, Sonya R.
Coombes, Ian
Cardiff, Lynda
Wainwright, Claire
Whitfield, Karen M.
Title Using the general levelframework to guide training and development needs of pharmacists working in paediatrics
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-937X
2055-2335
Publication date 2015-09-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jppr.1140
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 45
Issue 3
Start page 322
End page 330
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
The ‘General Level Framework’ (GLF) has been used for many years as a tool for competency evaluation and feedback using direct observation of clinical practice; however, its use in the paediatric environment has not been investigated.

Aim
To identify the strengths and training and development needs for paediatric pharmacists using the GLF.

Methods
Retrospective analysis of evaluations of paediatric pharmacists in Queensland hospitals using the GLF. Pharmacists from specialist paediatric hospitals were compared with those from general hospitals.

Results
A total of 50 GLF evaluations undertaken between 2006 and 2011 were identified from ten hospitals. Competencies related to ethical practice, confidentiality and ensuring prescriptions are legal with appropriate doses, were performed well. Assessment of patient's understanding of illness and treatment, and adherence, or documentation of pharmacist interventions and medication action plans were not performed consistently well. Knowledge of pathophysiology, assessment of patient's experience and management of medicines were demonstrated more consistently in the paediatric hospitals than in general hospitals.

Conclusion
A generic tool such as the GLF can be used in specialist areas such as paediatrics to identify priority training areas for pharmacists working in clinical practice.
Keyword Pharmacist
Education
Evaluation
Paediatrics
Competency
Development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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