Background/context Simulation is beginning to be established within the MPharm degree and has shown to enhance practical skills, knowledge and communication.1 Variations between the students’ performance, which might be a result of their experience of simulation at undergraduate level have become evident when a PRP engages in group training. The objective is to ensure PRPs have a consistent level of clinical experience which could be achieved by a controlled ward environment.
Methodology (planned) PRPs will be introduced to the simulated environment and presented with a high fidelity manikin, an observations monitor and medication chart. The education pharmacist will play the “Consultant” on a ward round and explain the scenario. Scenario – patient suffering an ischaemic stroke and experiencing dysphasia and dysphagia. PRPs will advise on the patients current medications including changes in medications/formulations in order to maintain their current prescription and not compromise care. The “Consultant” returns and prescribes the PRPs recommendations regardless of their appropriateness.
Results/outcomes (anticipated) The simulated environment could enhance the experience of a practical pharmaceutical task. PRPs clinical skills, ethical decision making, knowledge of drugs and their formulations will be tested, which might include omitting certain drugs without compromising patient care. This will ultimately assess the PRPs ability to abide by the pharmacy professionals set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).2
Potential impact The session will enable the PRP to reflect on clinical decision making and how it will be interpreted by a prescriber whether right or wrong, in a safe simulated environment.
Feedback from this session will assess whether the experience improved their pharmacy knowledge/skills and whether the PRP found the simulated experience realistic/supportive. It will serve to value the inclusion of simulation to be embedded in the PRP training.
Laederal. Pharmacy educators use simulation to prepare students. laerdal.com
General Pharmaceutical Council (2016). The General Pharmaceutical Council launches major consultation on new standards for pharmacy professionals. pharmacyregulation.org
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