Leading hospitals for leading minds: Residency Program broadens horizons

After a hugely successful inaugural year which saw 30 sites and over 100 hospital pharmacy residents across the country take part, the SHPA Residency Program is set to expand as applications for 2018 site accreditation open today.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says hospitals accredited to provide Australia’s only formalised and structured hospital residency program are leading the way by embedding workforce transformation into everyday practice.

‘Beyond supporting early-career hospital pharmacists to practically apply their formal learning, sites accredited to host the SHPA Residency Program are safeguarding high standards of patient care and professionalism in hospital pharmacy.

‘Supporting more hospitals to support more residents and strengthen the cumulative skill set of Australian pharmacy departments, is part of SHPA’s vision to embed the Residency Program as an integral early career development stage for hospital pharmacists across country.’

Ms Michaels says accreditation to the Australia-first program ensures sites have the commitment, capacity and capability to offer a broad range of practice-based experiences to hospital pharmacy residents.

‘Evidence tells us pharmacists who integrate earlier into real-world hospital environments gain the skills and adaptability to strengthen and diversify their career paths.

‘We are excited to make these new SHPA Residency Program site placements available, and see supported and integrated residency experiences benefit additional hospitals, positively impacting more patients, around Australia.’

Ms Michaels says delivering an accredited residency program that draws on clinical and professional practice competencies – while providing leadership and research opportunities – is a proven development model.

‘Informed by our international partnerships, SHPA is entrenching a framework that supports and guides early-career hospital pharmacists as they advance to more focused and specialised practice.

‘Being an accredited SHPA Residency Program provider not only ensures sites are leading the field but gives them access to a suite of competency, assessment, evaluation and learning tools and resources that makes providing standardised programs simpler.’

Applications for accreditation via SHPA’s online portal close on Wednesday 1 November 2017; view more information on the program and how to apply.

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