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DoCJune 13 2016

The Declaration of Competence (DoC) framework has been revised and re-launched with simplified documentation.

Introduced two years ago, the DoC supports pharmacists “in assuring commissioners that [they] are service-ready and have the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver high-quality, consistent services.”

As people are now more familiar with the DoC system concept, the process has been modified to place more emphasis on the key DoC principles of reflection and assuring competence, said the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education. Its Community Pharmacy Competence Group has developed ‘A guide to using the Declaration of Competence (DoC) system’ which takes illustrates a step-wise approach to DoC.

Following the revisions, the new DoC system has been restructured and made more concise, with the users going straight into the self-assessment framework. Once they have reflected and considered the competencies required for the service and identified any gaps, the user can then move on to the recommended learning and assessment. A new section signposts users to additional professional development support tools.

The DoC framework for Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service is now available and pharmacists can start working through it. However, the service specification and patient group direction (PGD) for this service will not be available until later in the summer, said CPPE.

It has also flagged up its consultation skills training resources which it says can be used for people working towards their DoC. CPPE, in conjunction with Consultation Skills for Pharmacy Practice (CSfPP), currently hosts 15 consultation skills programmes and resources, it said, adding that more are in the pipeline.

“Among these programmes, we have six e-learning programmes, including programmes to help you in your consultations with children and young people, people living with dementia and people with mental health problems. Our most recent e-learning programme – ‘Consultation skills: what good practice looks like’ – takes a video-based approach to helping you improve consultations for yourself and your patients.”

Links:

CPPE DoC announcement

CPPE DoC

CPPE Consultation skills announcement

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