Standards of Practice

 

SHPA's Standards of Practice series is widely utilised and well-referenced by pharmacists and health professionals seeking guidance on the delivery of clinical, operational and specialty hospital pharmacy services. The series draws on the collective expertise of members across all areas of practice and is written by the respective Specialty Practice Leadership Committees or a dedicated Working Group. 

SHPA is 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 during advertised consultation periods. Both the new and revised Standards will be published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR) and on our website, available as a member benefit. For more information about the Standards, contact the Specialty Practice team via specialtypractice@shpa.org.au.


Standards of Practice

All Standards reference and rely upon the SHPA Standards of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services as the foremost Standard. For operational and specialty standards see the description next to the Specialty Practice group for an update on their respective Standard. 


Clinical Pharmacy Services: New My Health Record chapter → Consultation on the new 'My Health Record' chapter has now closed. As part of an ongoing project with the Australian Digital Health Agency, SHPA has produced an update to the Standards of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Services. Focusing on the use of My Health Record in pharmacy practice and workflows, this chapter aims to educate pharmacists about effectively integrating the use of My Health Record into clinical care and discharge documentation. Scheduled for publication in 2021.


Pain Management → New Standard of Practice (2019). JPPR 2019; 49(3): 270–284. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1550 


Emergency Medicine → New Standard of Practice (2019). JPPR 2019; 49(6): 570–584. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1627


Geriatric Medicine → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50(1), 82–97. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1636.


Nephrology → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50(3), 263–275. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1649


General Medicine → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50, 356–365. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1672


Clinical Trials → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50: 429–444. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1676.


Oncology and Haematology → New Standard of Practice (2020). JPPR 2020; 50: 528-45. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1686


Critical Care → New standard of Practice (2021) JPPR 2021; 51: 165–183. https://doi.org/10.1002/jppr.1718


Infectious Diseases → New standard of Practice (2021) JPPR 2021; 51: 247–64. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jppr.1744


Dispensing and Distribution → NEW STANDARD IN DEVELOPMENT: Consultation on the new Standard of Practice in dispensing and distribution for pharmacy services is now closed. Incorporating the feedback provided by members in the initial consultation, this new Standard will merge and supersede the current SHPA Standards of Practice Hospital Pharmacy Outpatient Services [2006] and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Distribution of Medicines in Australian Hospitals [2006]. The 2006 standards are available to SHPA members on request.


Surgery and Perioperative Medicine → NEW STANDARD IN DEVELOPMENT: Consultation on the second draft of the inaugural Standard of practice in surgery and perioperative medicine for pharmacy services is now closed. SHPA's Surgery and Perioperative Medicine Leadership Committee has led the development of this standard, drawing on the collective expertise of members and published contemporary practice. 


Cardiology → NEW STANDARD IN DEVELOPMENT: Consultation on the second draft of the inaugural Standard of practice in cardiology for pharmacy services is now closedSHPA's Cardiology Leadership Committee has led the development of this standard, drawing on the collective expertise of members and published contemporary practice.


Compounding Services → Work has commenced on a new standard of practice to replace the current SHPA Guidelines for Medicines Prepared in Australian Hospital Pharmacy Departments [2010]. The 2010 current standard is available to SHPA members on request.


Paediatrics and Neonatology → New Standard planned


Women's and Newborn Health → New Standard planned.


Transitions of Care and Primary Care → New Standard planned.


Palliative Care → Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Provision of Palliative Care Pharmacy Services [2006]. The 2006 standard is available to SHPA members on request).


Mental Health → Review of current Standard planned (replacing Standards of Practice for Mental Health Pharmacy [2012]. The 2012 standard is available to SHPA members on request).


Medication Safety → Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medication Safety [2012]. The 2012 standard is available to SHPA members on request).


Medicines Information → Review of current Standard planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for Medicines Information Services [2013]. The 2013 standard is available to SHPA members on request).


Technicians The Standard of Practice for the Utilisation of Pharmacy Technicians has been approved.

For other resources and supporting documentation visit the Tech and Assistants Interest Group (member access only).


Guidelines

SHPA's guidelines provide practical advice for pharmacy services that may be covered by multiple specialties. Similar to the Standards of Practice series, we are undertaking a review of past Guidelines and updating them to relect current practices. A similar consultation process will apply. For more information about Guidelines, contact the Specialty Practice team via specialtypractice@shpa.org.auSee the description next to the Specialty Practice groups for an update on any respective Guidelines. 


Medication Safety → Medicines Use Evaluation Guideline – Revised Guideline, JPPR 2020; 50(2) 166–179. The new Guideline refreshes and merges two documents: the previous Drug Usage Evaluation Standard (2004) and the SHPA publication Australian Drug Use Evaluation Starter Kit (1998).


Oncology and Haematology, and Compounding Services → Handling and Transport of Cytotoxics Guideline planned (replacing SHPA Standards of Practice for the Transportation of Cytotoxic Drugs from Pharmacy Departments [2007] and SHPA Standards of Practice for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs in Pharmacy Departments [2005]. The 2007 and 2005 standards are available to SHPA members on request).

Geriatric Medicine → Self-Administration of Medications in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities Guideline planned (replacing SHPA Guidelines for Self-Administration of Medication in Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities [2002]. The 2002 guideline is 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 can access SHPA Standards of Practice via the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.