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FIP focuses on identifying global agenda for workforce development to offset shortfall of pharmacy professionals globally

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

In a major effort to offset the shortfall of pharmacy professionals globally, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is now in the process of identifying a global agenda for workforce development.
 
In this regard, the Federation is encouraging the global leaders in professional education research, leadership bodies and universities to contribute to the progress in pharmacy workforce development. The effort is also to increase the capacity to provide a competent pharmaceutical workforce by developing initial education and training programmes, and to develop innovative ways to attract young pharmacists into all areas of pharmaceutical practice and science.
 
Twenty-one countries, representing all five World Health Organization regions, have shared information on their pharmaceutical workforce development work in a new publication by the FIP.

A global report on ‘Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and workforce’ was unveiled at the 77th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences being currently underway at Seoul from September 10-14, 2017. It contains the findings of a survey of FIP member organisations and educators. It concludes that, while progress towards achieving FIP’s 13 Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals (PWDGs) prepared in 2016 varies, all countries, regardless of economic status, have reported some degree of alignment with the goals, which cover issues such as having competency-based training frameworks and advanced and specialist development, according to the Federation.
 
Case studies from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Great Britain, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Paraguay, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, UAE, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe are part of the report. The document, intended as a tool for FIP member organisations to support the adoption of the PWDGs, contains evidence-based expert recommendations, such as on strategies for advancing the workforce agenda. It also highlights that global engagement is needed to make research, development and evaluation strategies as the critical next step in workforce development. In particular, it promotes more routine use of technology-driven education and discusses better ways of evaluating this.
 
“This publication is a starting point for a global discussion on how to achieve progress on workforce development goals through evidence, evaluation and progressive policy planning. FIP encourages global leaders in professional education research, in addition to leadership bodies and universities, to contribute to the process of identifying a global agenda for workforce development,” said Professor Ian Bates, FIP Education development team director.

FIP is the global federation representing three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists worldwide. Currently there are 13 WDGs that have been grouped into three clusters: academy, professional pharmaceutical workforce, systems on policy development and governmental strategy.

 

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