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Education Strategy Group (ESG)

Introduction

In the last decade healthcare and pharmacy services have undergone radical changes... Regardless of where you work or what you specialise in, I am sure many of you have been or are involved in some service redesign or restructuring as a result. Whilst in the midst of these changes, it’s important to seize any opportunities presented to us. 

Since professional status was introduced in 2011, both pre and post registration pharmacy technician education has risen up the agenda .APTUK as the Professional Leadership Body for pharmacy technicians (PLB – another acronym!), are regularly invited to respond to consultations, share expertise on how pharmacy technician roles can improve patient care and advise on education content.

With such diverse sectors of pharmacy practice, APTUK need to ensure that we are able to share expertise and influence in the correct circles. Therefore a group bringing a range of expertise at national strategic level was required. As well as sector expertise, members of the group need to come from a range of practice bases and be in a position to support Pharmacy Technician Education. Members also have to have strong links with other organisations so the sharing of best practice and joining up the training dots can really start to happen.

Membership of ESG

APTUK Education Strategy Group

Education Officers (strategy and development)

Practising Pharmacy Technicians from all sectors (non educational)

Education lead – community/Hospital

Senior Pharmacy Manager

Academic lead

Dispensing Doctor Representative

NHS Pharmacy Education Development Committee representative

Branch Secretaries

England, Scotland, Wales and NI representative

Prison Services

We are currently looking for representatives to join the board in the following areas. If you are interested in joining please contact me for a chat

NI representative

Mental Health Representative

Technical Services

MOD

Lay member

 Aim

The overarching aim of the ESG is to work in partnership with a range of stakeholders to inform and influence national strategies and policies to support professional education standards for Pharmacy Technicians to deliver patient centred services.

Remit

 The remit of the group will be to:

n       be recognised by stakeholders as the providers of educational expertise for Pharmacy Technicians

n       influence educational policies and respond to consultations that impact on pharmacy technician education

n       inform members and stakeholders of work undertaken by the ESG

n       provide regular updates to APTUK Board of National Officers of progress in the planning, implementation and evaluation of educational tasks and projects assigned to the group.

n       provide direction to task and finish groups to enable outcomes to meet national agendas

n       undertake tasks and projects as directed by the APTUK National Officer board through the education work stream

 

 

If you would like to see the work undertaken by the ESG you will need to be a member of APTUK