Development and Piloting of a Competency Framework for Pharmacy Educational and Practice Supervisors

Sue C Jones, Gail Fleming, David Hay, Mustafa Ibrahim, Mike Pettit, Emma Wright, Barry Jubraj


Background: Pharmacy workplace educators currently have little benchmarking and qualification for their role. This project aimed to develop minimum standards required for educators in the workplace.

Aims: To investigate, through the development of a tool, the roles in pharmacy of: Practice Supervisor, Educational Supervisor and Educational Programme Director.

Method: A group named ‘Developing Educational and Practice Supervisors’ investigated how to support the development of Practice Supervisor, Educational Supervisor and Educational Programme Director roles in the workplace. Through a workshop, ideas were generated with concept mapping techniques used to organise the results.

Results: A six-cluster competency framework was developed that captured the three roles of Practice Supervisor, Educational Supervisor and Educational Programme Director. A pilot (n =10) demonstrated usability and applicability.

Conclusion: The Developing Educational and Practice Supervisors framework can support the development of pharmacy educators. Moreover, it can assist the career development of pharmacy educators through the progression of roles from Practice Supervisor to Educational Supervisor and Educational Programme Director. 


Competency, Concept Mapping, Continuing Professional Development, Experiential Learning, Pharmacy Tutor, Practice Supervision

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