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Time pressures preventing skills development, survey finds

Professional Working in isolation and time pressures are preventing pharmacists from developing their skills to their full potential, a survey has revealed

Working in isolation and time pressures are preventing pharmacists from developing their skills to their full potential, a survey has revealed.


The results, which were released this week, revealed that more than half of the 300 pharmacists surveyed felt there was a lack of communication and peer-to-peer training in their jobs, which hampered their abilities.


Nearly a third of those who felt there was insufficient sharing of information blamed the "isolated" nature of their jobs, found the survey, which was conducted by Reckitt Benckiser in September.


Pharmacists cannot afford to compromise training, said Independent Pharmacy Federation chairman Fin McCaul

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Time pressures were also named as a barrier to training, as a third said they did not spend more than 30 minutes a week training online during work time. In contrast, 63 per cent spent between 30 minutes and four hours a week training online at home.


When it came to gaps in knowledge, half said the area they would most like to learn more about was business skills.


Fin McCaul, chair of the Independent Pharmacy Federation, said the research highlighted the time pressures facing community pharmacy, but warned pharmacists could not afford to compromise training.


"The government agenda for pharmacy to take a greater role, as well as the Which? report, means it is more important than ever for pharmacies to have the best possible training," he said.


The research followed the launch of the Reckitt Benckiser training portal last month, which includes online modules on topics such as winter ailments, headache, back pain and business skills.



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5 Comments

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Ongoing learning and development is very important especially in context of the current jobs market for pharmacists. Equally, employers could pay more for appropriately qualified pharmacists with the expertise, clinical or business acumen to deliver quality services profitably.

It can put a new dimension on the type of pharmacist required for future community pharmacy going forward.

Dipak Desai, Community pharmacist

Wake up GD - What do you actually mean ? Pay more with what funding ? What dimension ? Please explain ?

MESUT OZIL,

Employers paying more?
WHAT PLANET U ON?

Waihon Patrick Ng, Community pharmacist

Del Boy, you've confessed that you own a pharmacy and work as a locum as well. Do you pay your locums more generously than you get paid as a locum?

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Needless to say Del Boy is shtoom on that point! Silence speaks volumes!

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