Mark Koziol, Chairman of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has spoken exclusively to Pharmacy in Practice to explain why the PDA will be releasing a report about pharmacy technicians.
The PDA Chairman has invited all stakeholders to have a debate on the skill mix between pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. He warned that the report content is likely to not be “liked” by some individuals or organisations, but that informed debate is needed.
The PDA has today published their introductory statement explaining why the organisation has spent over three years producing a report about the role of pharmacy technicians in community pharmacy.
Mark Koziol commented:
“This report seeks to set a sensible vision for the future development of pharmacist and pharmacy technician practice in community pharmacy in particular and it proposes ways in which this can be done. The report considers a wide range of relevant topics, many of which have thus far not been properly addressed or even considered at all. These include a consideration from a patient safety point of view of how public protection is delivered through healthcare regulation.”
“The PDA’s intention is to promote wider engagement of the profession in a thought-provoking debate that considers the broader factors and encourages all stakeholders to reach a positive consensus on how to address the matters raised. Our ambition is to make pharmacy better for patients, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. We hope all stakeholders potentially affected will engage in the debate in this spirit.”
“Inevitably, there will be those that do not like the challenges, nor the solutions proposed. It is hoped however, that those who care about patient safety and the successful future of pharmacy, as well as the future roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, will consider the detail of this report and engage in a collaborative way about how progress can be made, which benefits patients and all those who work in pharmacy.”
Tess Fenn, President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) commented:
“The Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APTUK), as the professional leadership body for Pharmacy Technicians, are clear and steadfast in their belief that Pharmacy Technicians are professionals in their own right and play an integral and important part in the delivery of safe and effective health care for patients and the public. APTUK are resolute in their position of waiting for the full publication of the whole PDA report before responding further.”
This statement is the first section to be released from the long-anticipated report, although the announcement of the report’s forthcoming publication has already been subject to significant discussion on social media. To encourage a full review of the report, the PDA has chosen to publish the report on their website one chapter at a time over the coming weeks. The first full chapter is scheduled to be released next week.