NEW PRP SUPPORT TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR PHARMACY TECHNICIANS ON COLLABORATION AND PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION
New support tools on Product Distribution and Collaboration are now available to help pharmacy technicians prepare for their Pharmacy Professionals Review under the Practice Review Program
The Practice Review Program’s (PRP) Pharmacy Professionals Review is based on focus areas that were identified as having the most impact on public safety. Registrants were initially reviewed on the following four focus areas: Patient Identification, Profile Check, Counselling, and Documentation.
In June 2017, the College Board made the decision to update the focus areas to enable compliance officers to more effectively review pharmacy technicians in both community and hospital pharmacy practice.
In December 2017, two new focus areas that better reflect the scope of BC’s pharmacy technicians were introduced to the PRP Pharmacy Professionals Review for pharmacy technicians: Product Distribution and Collaboration. These two focus areas have replaced Profile Check and Counselling for pharmacy technician reviews.
To assist pharmacy technicians in preparing for upcoming reviews, the Practice Review Program has developed two new support tools for the Product Distribution and Collaboration focus areas of the Pharmacy Technician Review.
The College previously released support tools for the focus areas of Patient Identification, Profile Check, Counselling and Documentation as well as a Practice Tool Card for Safe Drug Therapy in May 2017.
USING SUPPORT TOOLS FOR PHARMACY PROFESSIONALS REVIEWS AND ACTION ITEMS
The support tools provide comprehensive outlines of the requirements that make up each of the focus areas for Pharmacy Professionals Reviews.
The support tools for each focus area include educational materials that provide strategies and best practices to assist pharmacy professionals in preparing for an upcoming Pharmacy Professionals Review, or in addressing any assigned action items.
Even if you are not scheduled for a review, these support tools are a great way to assess and improve your individual practice. They can also be used as an informational resource to reference specific standards and processes under each of the focus areas and identify any areas for improvement.
ABOUT THE PRACTICE REVIEW PROGRAM
The Practice Review Program is an in-person review of a pharmacy professional’s practice and the pharmacy where they work. The program aims to protect public safety by improving compliance with College Bylaws and Professional Practice Policies and ensuring consistent delivery of pharmacy services across BC.
Pharmacy and Pharmacy Professionals Reviews are being conducted on a multi-year cycle in both community and hospital pharmacy practice settings across BC.
In the 2017/2018 fiscal year College compliance officers conducted 263 Pharmacy Reviews and 808 Pharmacy Professionals Reviews across both community and hospital settings.
The Practice Review Program first began in February 2015, starting with reviews in community pharmacy practice settings. The program expanded to include hospital pharmacy practice settings with reviews beginning in April 2017.
Learn more about the Practice Review Program at bcpharmacists.org/prp.