Supporting workplace-based training: evaluation of a Clinical Educator Training Program for pharmacists

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Background: Pharmacist education in the workplace is shifting towards competency-based education (CBE), extending to undergraduate and intern pharmacists. CBE relies on educators with good clinical supervision skills. Pharmacists often contribute to the development of learners without formal training due to a shortage of pharmacy workforce relevant programs.

Objective: To describe the development and evaluation ofa Clinical Educator Training Program (CETP) for pharmacists.

Action: The CETP was developed by experts in clinical supervision, informed by the Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment Framework. The CETP has undergone several iterations based on stakeholder feedback and is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). The CETP is undertaken online over3 weeks through a series of discussion groups, multimedia learning and self-reflections. Multiple intake opportunities are offered throughout the year with consistent, experienced facilitators.

Evaluation: Between January 2021 and June 2022,264 pharmacists completed the CETP with 162 of those completing an anonymous evaluation survey. Overall, 155 (96%) and 152 (94%) participants strongly agreed or agreed that the program material was relevant to their role as a clinical educator and enhanced their knowledge in supervising intern pharmacists, respectively. The majority of participants strongly agreed or agreed that shared reflection discussions (84%, n=162) and case studies (93%, n=162) enabled them to apply the theory learnt in the program modules. Providing effective feedback and understanding learning styles were identified as the most useful topics of the CETP.

Discussion: The recent launch of intern pharmacist APC tools suggests the profession is moving deeper into CBE and entrustable professional activities. Training to support effective clinical supervision would similarly be beneficial to other structured work‑integrated learning programs such as foundation and advanced training residencies. This evaluation did not investigate the impact on participants’ clinical supervision skills, providing an area of focus for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventSHPA National Conference : Medicines Management - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20223 Dec 2022
Conference number: 46th


ConferenceSHPA National Conference
Abbreviated titleMM2022
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