UKCPA expert professional curriculum for antimicrobial pharmacists

In 2013 the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) developed and launched a new Faculty to support and recognise continuing professional development of pharmacists.  Assessment of competency to join the Faculty involves developing a portfolio of evidence across five core professional curricula (Collaborative working relationships; Leadership; Management; Education, Training and development; Research and evaluation) and an expert curriculum relevant to the individual’s area of specialist practice which provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, experiences and behaviours required to practice at advanced level.  Within advanced practice there are three levels of competency which cover professional practice from being new to the specialism (Advanced 1), through gaining experience of complex issues (Advanced 2) to working at national level (Mastery).

The UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Network (formerly Infection Management Group) has developed a specialist curriculum for antimicrobials and infection covering five key areas:
• Setting the scene: Infection and Antimicrobial Stewardship in context
• Clinical Microbiology
• Antimicrobials
• Management of clinical syndromes (by BNF body system category)
• Principles of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Plan

The curriculum provides a comprehensive competency-based programme for the professional development of antimicrobial pharmacists and has been approved by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and is endorsed by BSAC.

To download the curriculum, please click here