At FIP, a global platform for provision was identified as a concept during the 2019 FIP congress and approved by the FIP Council as a direct member benefit. The Provision and Partnerhsips Programme was established in 2021 to provide a global platform to engage, develop and support FIP members through partnerships.
With forward-thinking strategies and evidence-driven goals, FIP works with members to identify transformative opportunities to advance pharmacy across all sectors and roles. By offering a global platform for collaboration and partnerships among members and partners, FIP provides an opportunity to bridge training and professional development gaps. Now, member organisations with needs for professional development programmes across science, practice, workforce or education can be connected — through FIP — to quality-assured programmes from other member organisations and partners with offerings that can address those needs. With a focus on enhanced regional and national engagement, FIP acts as a conduit facilitating collaborative, needs-based partnerships and tailored provision to advance pharmacy worldwide.
The FIP Provision and Partnerships Programme
The FIP Seal
Launching the FIP Seal for provision recognises partnerships based on quality provision to support FIP member needs and priorities. In 2021, we undertook an iterative process with expert consultation and criteria to assure the quality of professional development and training programmes and their alignment with FIP’s mission, aims and the Development Goals. The overall quality and alignment of a programme is recognised by the FIP Seal. In addition, FIP has developed criteria for accrediting bodies of pharmacy education, which recognises the quality and alignment of these agencies.
Two handbooks were developed in 2022 outlining the criteria and submission process for the FIP Seal:
“FIP handbook for providers of programmes: Supporting the FIP platform for provision through partnerships”
“FIP handbook for accreditation agencies: Supporting the FIP platform for provision through partnerships”
Chair: Bronwyn Clark
Members: Linda Hakes, Abeer AlGhananeem, Dominique Jordan, Liz Johnstone, Jan Engle, Heba Abdel Halim, Ash Soni, Sandra Winkelbauer
FIP Staff: Catherine Duggan and Dalia Bajis
The FIP Consortium was established in January 2022. The Consortium is an advisory group comprising experts in quality assurance and accreditation of pharmacy education and continuing professional development. Applications for the FIP Seal are overseen by the Consortium. The Consortium reports directly to the FIP Bureau for ratification of its recommendations.
Members of the Consortium
- Bronwyn Clark (chair) — Australian Pharmacy Council
- Jan Engle — Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, USA
- Sandra Winkelbauer — Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy
- Abeer Alghananeem — Sullivan University, Kentucky, USA
- Linda Hakes — Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UK
- Heba Abdel Halim — University of Petra, Jordan
- Elizabeth Johnstone — Pharmaceutical Society New Zealand
- Dominique Jordan — FIP President
- Ash Soni — FIP Bureau liaison
- Catherine Duggan — FIP CEO
- Dalia Bajis — FIP lead for provision and partnerships
Provision that is needs-based and member-focused
The Provision and Partnerships Programme is set to support the delivery of FIP’s Development Goals through collaborative partnerships with members and providers. Member engagement is a strategic imperative at FIP and we have recently published a report summarising our engagement endeavours, which identified members’ priorities, preferences and challenges. Many FIP members cited professional development and online courses as a top priority to address training gaps in their own contexts.
FIP is committed to working in partnership to fulfil the mission of its global platform to provide opportunities for provision through its members to its members, across different economies and locations, supported by criteria, best available practice and technology.
Programmes awarded the FIP Seal
Other models of provision exist at FIP. These include models where FIP may co-create programmes and training in partnership with member organisations or partners, or through FIP-course developed with our officers and volunteers. A recent example of a FIP-developed course is FIP’s Train the Trainer online course on digital health.
If you are a member of FIP and interested in becoming a change-maker by embracing new skills and knowledge and leveraging a vast range of resources in digital health to empower and educate students or colleagues, register for the course here.
FIP developed courses and prorammes are hosted on the FIP online learning platform FIPx.