oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Training for clinical pharmacists : or ? : forum

Volume 79, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Here are some extracts from a query that was recently submitted by a colleague:

"I have always been involved with clinical work, especially within X, and have constantly been on the lookout for clinical pharmacist registrations that are utilised worldwide. Recently, I came across SAPC specialist pharmacist registration. Who qualifies for this? Who may apply? What does the registration mean?"
"I have been involved in development of ward rounds and clinical pharmacy (clinical governance and antibiotic stewardship).Would I perhaps qualify as a specialist pharmacist?"
The response to the first query was to point to the specialist registers that already exist for pharmacists, and that are managed by the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC). Finding out about them is not easy. The new search facility on the SAPC website (http://www.sapc.za.org/B_Regs_Search.asp) only mentions registers for registered persons, pharmacies (Y numbers), providers (R and U numbers), training sites, assessors and moderators, inspections and tutors. It lists the following categories of registered persons: pharmacy students, pharmacist interns, community service pharmacists, pharmacists, specialist pharmacists, authorised pharmacist prescribers, and pharmacist's assistants (basic, learner basic, learner post-basic and post-basic), as well as pharmaceutical sales representatives. The statistics page provides some details on how many specialist pharmacists have been registered. The number is just 13, in category "unknown", i.e. not assigned to community, institutional, manufacturing, or wholesale practice settings.

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