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Competency to practice in pharmacy - development and evaluation of a self-assessment tool


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Collins, MB 2007 , 'Competency to practice in pharmacy - development and evaluation of a self-assessment tool', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Competency to practise has become an essential part of a health professional’s lifelong journey. It is
defined in many ways to encompass the intellectual and experiential elements of training along with a
person’s efforts to keep up-to-date. Many would describe competency as ‘fit for purpose’ to do the job,
ensuring that the public are protected and given the professional service that meets their expectation.
One of the conundrums of the regulators of pharmacy practice is how the competency of pharmacists
can be measured and monitored to fulfil their statutory obligations to the public. Many agree that the
best way of determining competency would be to observe people in their day-to-day practice. However,
this would be a prohibitively costly exercise.
This thesis originated from the question of how competency could be assessed in a form that would
give regulators confidence and that was cost effective. Most assessment methods used are de facto
methods of measurement. However, regulators need to have confidence that the assessments are able to
accurately measure the standard of a person’s professional practice.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Collins, MB
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