Residency accreditation a key step toward hospital pharmacy success

Commitment and a passion for developing young professionals is the driving force behind Frankston Hospital’s SHPA-accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program.

As a major teaching centre and the public provider of acute hospital services for Frankston and the broader Mornington Peninsula, the Frankston Hospital Pharmacy Department is intent on delivering intensive training to early-career hospital pharmacists to enhance its reputation for outstanding research and best patient care.

‘We attended the first SHPA Residency Symposium in 2016 and were inspired to deliver a well-structured and standardised program that would benefit residents and experienced staff alike’ says Alice Lam, Acting Deputy Director of Pharmacy.

With two residents participating in the program, Lam says the Pharmacy Department is strengthening its skill-set while supporting experienced staff to build advanced portfolios and gain credentials.

As a major metropolitan hospital, it is up to us to create a range of innovative training opportunities to develop broad skills in our residents including leadership and research. The SHPA Residency Program fitted this brief, providing the opportunity for standardised training across Australia and alignment with clinical and professional practice competencies.

With a history of implementing new technology – including smart pumps in 2008 and an electronic medication management system in 2012 – and being the first to engage pharmacists in prescribing roles in 2009, Lam says the Frankston Hospital Pharmacy team has a reputation for its forward thinking.

‘Serving a rapidly expanding population, Peninsula Health is further strengthening its partnership with Monash University to foster a stronger teaching and research environment in the years to come.

‘Seven out of our 27 research publications have been accepted to the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, SHPA’s flagship academic journal, and we’re adding to that every day – it’s a testament to how cohesive, capable and committed our team is.'

While still in an early stage, Lam says the Frankston Hospital Pharmacy team wants to build on the SHPA Residency Program and use it as a driver to build the capabilities of its internal pool of staff, while attracting new talent.  

‘This is our first Residency Program and with the ongoing support of the residents’ preceptor, Viviane Khalil, we aim to improve our level of pharmacy practice by building skills and competencies of our current team and attracting new talent.’

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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