Assessment of Clinical Competence: Designing a Competence Grid for Junior Pharmacists


  • D McRobbie Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH, UK
  • D G Webb Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK
  • I Bates School of Pharmacy, University of London, London WC1N 1AX, UK
  • J Wright Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK
  • J G Davies University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4GT, UK


assessment, clinical competence


Aim. This paper describes the development of a competency framework for clinical practice undertaken by junior pharmacists.

Method. A peer group consisting of clinical practitioners and academics developed competency clusters. Competencies were assigned to each cluster and the associated behaviours described. The resulting “grids” were circulated to clinical practitioners, senior pharmacy managers and junior pharmacists for comment. A four point scale was developed to evaluate performance of the junior pharmacist for each behaviour.

Outputs. The competency grids comprise three clusters: personal, problem solving and clinical. These are currently under investigation to determine their measurement properties.


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How to Cite

McRobbie, D., Webb, D. G., Bates, I., Wright, J., & Davies, J. G. (2018). Assessment of Clinical Competence: Designing a Competence Grid for Junior Pharmacists. Pharmacy Education, 1(2). Retrieved from



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