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.
Emergency Medicine → Current Standard under review
Pain Management → New Standard under development
Oncology and Haematology → Review commencing April 2018
Critical Care → New Standard commencing May 2018
General Medicine → New Standard commencing June 2018
Geriatric Medicine → New Standard commencing July 2018
Nephrology → New Standard commencing July 2018
Paediatrics and Neonatology → New Standard commencing July 2018
Clinical Trials → Review commencing July 2018
Dispensing and Distribution → Review commencing August 2018
Compounding Services → Review of current Standard commencing September 2018
Cardiology → New Standard commencing October 2018
Surgery and Perioperative Medicine → New Standard commencing November 2018
Palliative Care → Review commencing February 2019
Mental Health → Review of current Standard commencing February 2019
Medication Safety → Review of current Standard commencing February 2019
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
For other resources and supporting documentation visit SHPA eCPD.
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 commencing April 2018
Oncology and Haematology, and Compounding Services → Handling and Transport of Cytotoxics Guideline commencing September 2018
Geriatric Medicine → Self-Administration of Medications in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities Guideline commencing November 2018
- 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