Self-assessment of competence in a community pharmacy setting

Authors

  • Elizabeth Mills Department of Practice and Policy, School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29-39 Brunswick Square, WCIN 1AX, London, UK.
  • Raisa Laaksonen Department of Practice and Policy, School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29-39 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AX,London, UK
  • Ian Bates Department of Practice and Policy, School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29-39 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AX,London, UK
  • Graham Davies School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton,UK,
  • Catherine Duggan Academic Department of Pharmacy, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Trust Offices, The Royal London Hospital,Whitechapel, London, UK

Keywords:

Background, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is currently introducing continuing professional development(CPD) as a means of ensuring the competence of its members. An investigation into the influences of pharmacists’characteristics on sel

Abstract

Background:The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is currently introducing continuing professional development(CPD) as a means of ensuring the competence of its members. An investigation into the influences of pharmacists’characteristics on self-assessed competence will help identify pharmacists who may need support with CPD. The aim of thisstudy was to explore the influences on the self-assessed competence of community pharmacists.

Methods:A piloted postal questionnaire measuring self-assessed competence was sent to 179 community pharmacists.

Results:Groups of pharmacists based in demographics were identified (K means cluster analysis). ANOVA and post hoc tests revealed that pharmacists who were female, younger and working for national chains of pharmacies assessed themselves to be more competent than male owners of independent pharmacies in the “Patient Care” (F=3.710, p,0.05, Scheffé p<0.05) and “Personal” competency clusters (F=4.360,p<0.05, Scheffe ́p<0.05).

Discussion:Male, older pharmacists, who own their own pharmacy, need support to increase their confidence in their skills,knowledge and abilities.

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