Courses: Foundation programme: Practice-based pharmacists

The main focus of the PBPFP is on in-practice training and experiential learning in the workplace. This provides pharmacists with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and experience in a range of practice areas core to the role of a practice-based pharmacist, namely:

  • Understanding and working within the NHS
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Governance, clinical audit and quality improvement
  • Collaborative working
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical assessment and management

During the course of the foundation programme, pharmacists will undertake practice activities to develop, demonstrate and evidence their competence in relation to the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework.  Please see below for practice area-specific activities, the evidence required and the associated documentation.

In recording evidence to upload to a portfolio, pharmacists must ensure that the work is original and authentic. As such, pharmacists are required to sign each piece of evidence as an assurance of the originality and authenticity of their work.

Understanding and working within the NHS

Practice activities Downloadable resources
Review of IT systems with relevant member of the practice team You should record a reflective record of your learning. Reflective record
Record a typical working day outlining the tasks undertaken and the competence required You should record a reflective record of your learning. Reflective record
Evaluation of a service - demonstrate how daily professional activities impact on achieving required KPIs You should record a reflective record of your learning. Reflective record

Medicines optimisation

Practice activities Downloadable resources
Clinically significant interventions (n=10) You should record a reflective record for each intervention. Clinical intervention reflective record
Medication review (n=6) – at least one for each therapeutic area (i.e. Respiratory, Diabetes, CVD and Older People) You should complete a medication review form for each review. Medication review form
A minimum of 2 should be observed and assessed by your ES. Observed medication review
Complete one reflective record to reflect on your learning about medication reviews. Reflective record
Medicines reconciliation at transfer of care (n=6) – at least one for each therapeutic area (i.e. Respiratory, Diabetes, CVD and Older People) You should complete a medicines reconciliation form for each medicines reconciliations. Medicines reconciliation form
A minimum of 2 should be observed and assessed by your ES. Observed medicines reconciliation
Complete one reflective record to reflect on your learning about medicines reconciliation. Reflective record
Distance learning course – Interpreting lab tests You should record a CPD cycle in relation to your learning, including your MCQ score. CPD cycle
Distance learning course – Reporting adverse incidents You should record a CPD cycle in relation to your learning, including your MCQ score. CPD cycle

Evidence-based practice

Practice activities Downloadable resources
Medicines-related queries (n=5) You should record a reflective record for each incident. Medicines – related query reflective record
Distance learning – Answering medicines-related questions in practice You should record a CPD cycle in relation to your learning, including your MCQ score. CPD cycle

Governance

Practice activities Downloadable resources
Review of a critical incident You should record a reflective record of a critical incident that has happened in your practice. Critical incident
Reflective record
Undertake an audit and present findings to colleagues and recommend plan for improvement. Audit to be presented to colleagues You should record a reflective record of your learning in relation to audit. Reflective record
Your audit presentation should be assessed by your ES or a suitable colleague. Audit presentation assessment form
Upload your presentation/notes to portfolio as evidence. Upload slides/notes to portfolio
Audit checklist and audit resource pack available for download. Audit checklist
Audit Resource Pack
Develop or review a protocol within practice You should upload the protocol as evidence to your portfolio. Upload protocol to portfolio
Record a reflective record of your learning in relation to the protocol development/review process. Reflective record
Review The Yellow Card Scheme: guidance for healthcare professionals, patients and the public You should record a CPD cycle in relation to your learning. CPD cycle
Upload a completed Yellow Card report as evidence. Yellow Card

Clinical assessment and management

Practice activities Downloadable resources
Distance learning – Consultation skills You should record a CPD cycle in relation to your learning, including your MCQ score. CPD cycle

Collaborative working

Practice activities Downloadable resources
Record incidents within practice relating to change, decision making or risk assessment that demonstrate collaborative working (n=2) You should record a reflective record for each incident. Reflective record
Review own performance and role in practice team You should record a reflective record relating to your role and performance. Reflective record
Deliver a training session to colleagues You should record a reflective record relating to your learning about the delivery of a training session. Staff training Reflective record
Upload your presentation/notes to portfolio as evidence. Upload slides/notes to portfolio