Competencies of Pharmacy Professionals

The following standards/competencies are based on the NAPRA Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. We have combined the competencies and expanded on those relating medication and drug distribution expertise. Please select the most appropriate Competency/Standard of Practice.

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The NAPRA Standards of Practice group pharmacist and pharmacy technicians competency standards into four catergories:

  1. Expertise in Medications and Drug Distribution
  2. Collaboration and Communication
  3. Safety and Quality
  4. Professionalism and Ethics

The Provincial Regulatory Authorities require that continuing professional development relate to the standards of practice for pharmacy professionals. Program Providers are requested to identify the pharmacy competency to which their learning activity relates.

 
1. Expertise in Medications and Drug Distribution

1.1. Maintain competence and practice within legal requirements
1.2. Medication/drug expertise – provide patient care*
1.3. Medication/drug expertise – provide drug information
1.4. Medication/drug expertise – drug distribution/supply
1.5. Medication/drug expertise – manage pharmacy
1.6. Medication/drug expertise – educate patients, students, pharmacy team
1.7. Medication/drug expertise – knowledge application and research
1.8. Document practice activities

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2. Collaboration and Communication

2.1. Collaboration with pharmacy team and other professionals
2.2. Communicate effectively with patients, pharmacy team, other professionals and public

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3. Safety and Quality

3.1. Undertake/ continuing professional development
3.2. Quality assurance and quality improvement
3.3. Risk management and patient safety

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4. Professionalism and Ethics

4.1. Act with professional integrity, respect, empathy and responsibility
4.2. Patient-centred care and professional patient relationship, privacy of information
 
 
* Patient Care (Patient Care includes: obtain patient information, assess health status and concerns, determine drug therapy problems, patient care plan, administer drugs, monitor patient outcomes) .

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