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Pharmacists are well positioned in communities to provide vaccine-related services, but variation across the scope and content of available training programmes means they often require support to do so effectively. A new reference guide published today by FIP is intended to guide practising pharmacists and pharmacy undergraduates in acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills, and to help education providers to develop and/or provide these knowledge and skills.
“The guide will directly support national pharmacy organisations and FIP members with education and training needed as continuing professional development for routine vaccination service delivery. In addition, this guide supports academic institutions and FIP’s academic institutional members in developing and delivering education for undergraduates who will then be vaccination ready upon registration,” said FIP CEO Catherine Duggan.
A feature of “The FIP vaccination reference guide: Knowledge and skills to support professional development and inform pharmacy education in vaccination” is that it ties FIP’s 21 Development Goals to the policy enablers required for workforce and education to transform vaccination. It also provides useful tables, built from existing FIP resources, that outline the skills, techniques, quality assurance measures and procedures that pharmacy students and practising pharmacists will need to acquire as they develop their competence to provide vaccine-related services.
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Publication was supported by unrestricted funds from GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals.