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Developing pharmacists' competencies in Saudi Arabia: A proposed national competency framework to support initial education and professional development

Alfaifi, Salihah; Bridges, Stephanie; Arakawa, Naoko

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Salihah Alfaifi



Abstract

Introduction: With the currently accelerating changes in pharmacists' roles in Saudi Arabia, evidence-based developmental tools are required to guide initial pharmacy education and define competencies for early career (foundation level) pharmacists' progression. This study aimed to develop a profession-wide competency framework for foundation level pharmacists in Saudi Arabia using the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Competency Framework (GbCF) as the source framework. Methods: An online nominal group technique was used to develop consensus on a profession-wide national competency framework in Saudi Arabia. Purposive sampling was used to recruit experts from local various pharmacy sectors. A combination of self-administered surveys and online meetings was used to measure and develop consensus. The survey items were adopted from the FIP GbCF version 2. Results: Nine pharmacy experts participated in five iterative rounds of consensus measurement and development between July and November 2021. Consensus was achieved on appropriateness to Saudi pharmacy practice for all the behaviours in the “Pharmaceutical Public Health,” “Pharmaceutical Care,” and “Professional/Personal” clusters. The “Organisation and Management” cluster caused most differences of opinion. The final consensus generated a list of 125 behavioural statements for inclusion in the national competency framework. Conclusion: This study proposes the first competency framework for foundation level pharmacists in Saudi Arabia. The developed framework represents a consensus on competencies for foundation level pharmacists working across all pharmacy sectors and is eligible for supporting further improvement of initial pharmacy education and support excellence in pharmacists' performance to address the country's needs from pharmaceutical services.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 6, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 15, 2022
Publication Date 2022-09
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 4, 2022
Journal Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Print ISSN 1877-1297
Electronic ISSN 1877-1300
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2022.09.010
Keywords General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics; Pharmacy
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/11750898
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877129722002489

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