What do preceptors want? A mixed methods study exploring pharmacist preceptor perceptions of their training and support needs at a regional Australian University
Keywords:Community pharmacy, Pharmacy student, Preceptor development, Preceptor role, Preceptor Training, Preceptor support
Background: Global demand for work-ready pharmacy graduates has highlighted the role of pharmacy preceptors and the need for training and support from universities. There remains a lack of consensus on the ideal requirements for preceptor training programmes.
Objective: To assess community pharmacy preceptor training and support requirements at a regional Australian University.
Method: A mixed method study using an online survey of community pharmacy preceptors of James Cook University, followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews.
Result: 55 preceptors completed the survey, and ten interviews were conducted. Preferred programme content included role clarification, a curriculum outline and management of poorly performing students. Demands on individuals’ time and workloads support a flexible online approach to training and highlight the importance of institutional support for optimal preceptor engagement and retention.
Conclusion: Good teaching and communication skills were considered by preceptors to be essential for their primary role in linking theory to practice for pharmacy students during experiential placements.
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