D3 - 7th Global Pharmacy Technicians’ Symposium: Partners In Health

Organised by FIPEd


Partners in health

This year’s symposium theme is “Partners in health”: Discussions will focus on the roles, education programmes and services that have evolved and serve to define pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy support workforce groups in a variety of contexts globally, particularly as part of the global mid-level health workforce cadre. The symposium will feature high-level plenary sessions, interactive discussions and workshops covering a wide range of topics and choices catering to different interest areas and groups.

For the first time, the 2018 Global Pharmacy Technicians Symposium programme will feature several clusters of parallel sessions and workshops occurring concurrently. The parallel sessions will be a great opportunity to widen the discussion scope for all participants and better meet the needs of two distinct target audiences – pharmacy technicians and pharmacists working in partnership, and pharmacy administrators, educators, regulators and professional advocates looking to develop the pharmacy workforce within a broader context within health care systems.                                       


09:00 – 12:30

Session 1: Plenary session – Strengthening and developing an essential workforce

Chairs: Tess Fenn (Association of Pharmacy Technicians of United Kingdom, UK) and Shane Desselle (Applied Pharmacy Solutions, USA)

  1. 09:00 – 09:10 Symposium opening
    Susan James (Ontario College of Pharmacists, Canada)
  2. 09:10 – 09:45 WHO – 2030 Global Strategy for Human Resources for Health
    Ibadat Dhillon (Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization)
  3. 09:45 – 10:20 The science of occupations –  Understanding the development of occupations and evolution of a technical or mid-level support workforce within a profession
    Zubin Austin (University of Toronto, Canada)

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break

  1. 10:40 – 11:20 Case example
    Samantha Quaye (King’s College Hospital, UK)
    Peter Kopelman (Royal College of Physicians, UK)
  2. 11:20 – 11:50 Panel discussion with participant engagement
  3. 11:50 – 12:00 Session wrap-up

12:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

Session 2: Two streams – A and B

14:30 – 17:30

Stream A – Individuals/Practitioners seeking professional development related to practice innovation

Stream B – Educators, Administrators, Regulators, Professional Association representatives interested in advancing the pharmacy support workforce


Stream A

Chairs: Cathy Schuster (Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, Canada) and Angie Lim (National Healthcare Group Pharmacy, Singapore)

  1. 14:30 – 15:10 Effective teams – Discussion forum on skill mixing and team playing
  2. 15:10 – 17:30 Practice innovation
    15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break

    1. 1-minute snapshots of poster presentations, followed by a short Question and Answer period
    2. Short oral presentations with a focus on partners in health (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working together)
      • Pharmacy technicians supporting public health roles
        Kimberley McKeirnan (Washington State University College Pharmacy, USA)
        Stephanie Bradbury (North Idaho College, USA)
      • Pharmabuddy, a Dutch approach to palliative care
        Sonia Amini (SIR Insitute for Pharmacy Practice and Policy, The Netherlands)
      • Automated Unit Dose Dispensing
        Camilla Lindeblad (The Danish Association of Pharmaconomists, Denmark)
      • From IV Technician to Sterile Compounding Supervisor: A shared services model
        Davida Bradley (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada)

Stream B

Chairs: Tamara Koehler (Centre for Education Development and Research in Health Professions UMCG, The Netherlands) and Christina Durinck (European Association of Pharmacy Technicians)

  1. 14:30 – 15:50 The business case for mid-level workers
    Invited speakers will present examples of business models that support integration of mid-level workers – Discussion of facilitators and barriers to an integrated workforce
    Zubin Austin (University of Toronto, Canada)
    Alex Adams (Idaho State Board, USA)

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break

  1. 16:10 – 17:30 Continuing Professional Development – Continuing education strategies
    With emphasis on promotion of intra-professional collaboration within the pharmacy profession
    Catherine Duggan (FIP, UK)

    Case example
    Samuel Nyanje and Imran Manji (AMPATH, Kenya)

17:30 – 19:30 Reception for all Pharmacy Technicians Symposium participants

Second day Technicians Symposium program: Sunday 2 September

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