Standards of Practice


SHPA's Standard of Practice series is widely utilised and well-referenced by pharmacists and health professionals seeking guidance on the delivery of clinical and operational hospital pharmacy services. The series draws on the collective expertise of members across all areas of practice, and is based on consensus from Specialty Practice Leadership Committees

SHPA is currently undertaking a comprehensive review and expansion of the series with enhancements relevant to current practice. Members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on draft Standards via a consultation process. Finalised Standards will be published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research and below. For more information about Standards email Courtney Munro, Lead Pharmacist - Specialty Practice.  


Standards of Practice

All Standards reference and rely upon the SHPA Standards of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services as the foremost Standard. 

Pain Management → Second draft SHPA Standard of Practice in Pain Management consultation now open until COB Wednesday 22 August

 

Emergency Medicine → Current Standard under development (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice 2015)


Oncology and Haematology → Current Standard under development (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Services and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Oral Chemotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer - available to SHPA members on request)

General Medicine → New Standard under development


Critical Care → New Standard under development (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Critical Care Pharmacy Practice - available to SHPA members on request)

Geriatric Medicine → New Standard under development

 


Nephrology → New Standard under development


Paediatrics and Neonatology → New Standard under development

Dispensing and Distribution → Review commencing August 2018 (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Distribution of Medicines in Australian Hospitals and SHPA Standards of Practice for Hospital Pharmacy Outpatient Services - available to SHPA members on request)


Clinical Trials → Review commencing September 2018 (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Investigational Drugs Servicesavailable to SHPA members on request)

Compounding Services → Review of current Standard commencing September 2018 (replacing SHPA Guidelines for Medicines Prepared in Australian Hospital Pharmacy Departments 2010)

Cardiology  → New Standard commencing October 2018

Surgery and Perioperative Medicine → New Standard commencing November 2018


Palliative Care → Review commencing February 2019 (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Palliative Care Pharmacy Servicesavailable to SHPA members on request)


Mental Health → Review of current Standard commencing February 2019 (replacing Standards of Practice for Mental Health Pharmacy 2012)


Medication Safety → Review of current Standard commencing February 2019 (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medication Safety 2012)

Infectious Diseases → New Standard commencing February 2019


Primary Care and Transitions of Care → New Standard commencing March 2019


Women's and Newborn Health → New Standard commencing March 2019


Medicines Information → Review of current Standard commencing April 2019 (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medicines Information Services 2013)

For other resources and supporting documentation visit SHPA eCPD.


Guidelines

The Standards of Practice series largely reflects the cognitive nature of clinical services provided by pharmacists, with each Specialty Practice stream having one Standard. Multiple guidelines may relate to a Standard and can be used as stand-alone documents. Finalised guidelines will be available below.

Medication Safety → Medicines Use Evalution Guideline under development (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Drug Use Evaluation in Australian Hospitals and Australian DUE Starter Kit available to SHPA members on request)

Oncology and Haematology, and Compounding Services → Handling and Transport of Cytotoxics Guideline commencing September 2018 (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Transportation of Cytotoxic Drugs from Pharmacy Departments and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs in Pharmacy Departments - available to SHPA members on request)

Geriatric Medicine → Self-Administration of Medications in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities Guideline commencing November 2018 (replacing SHPA Guidelines for Self-Administration of Medication in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities - available to SHPA members on request)

 

 


Quick Guides

  • SHPA Clinical Pharmacy Quick Guide e-book including:
    - Assessment of current medication management
    - Clinical review, therapeutic druc monitoring (TDM) and adverse drug reactions (ADR)
    - Documenting clinical activities
    - Facilitating the continuity of medication management on transition between care settings
    - Medication Reconciliation
    - Prioritising day-to-day workload

Non-member access

Non-members of SHPA can access SHPA Standards of Practice via the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.