The new ‘certification’ process for providing enhanced services – such as emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), flu vaccinations and smoking cessation – will remove the need for face-to-face training and assessment fees, Community Pharmacy Wales said in a statement on its website.
Instead, a "generic skills assessment" is being introduced which will "cover all enhanced services", WCPPE said. "Our aim is to introduce a streamlined process, making it easier to obtain accreditation, in line with Welsh government requirements."
The process is the "first step towards a self-declaration of competence model", and will "allow pharmacy professionals to tailor the learning process to suit them, while focusing on CPD".
A "re-certification form will be required every three years, without mandatory assessment", it added.
No more live training
As part of the pilot phase, from October 1, 2017 there will be no more live training events for EHC and smoking cessation services, WCPPE pointed out.
The pilot will then be evaluated between January and March 2018, but WCPPE stressed there will be no accreditation available for these enhanced services during this period.
The first step of the new certification process requires pharmacists to pass the generic skills assessment.
The second stage is an assessment of clinical knowledge for the enhanced service, while the third involves completing and submitting a statement of competence.
All health boards in the country will be holding launch events to update pharmacists on the details of the process, WCPPE added. Pharmacists can apply for the pilot until September 27 via the organisation's website.