This survey is being commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Assistants Association. The aim of this survey is to collect information about the impact of the proposed draft rules if implemented on pharmacy  practice in Ireland.  Pharmacist who employ, work for have worked with a pharmaceutical assistant are asked to complete this survey. The information you are giving will remain confidential and securely stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Responses will be combined so no individual will be identified.

Queries/ comments can be emailed to paacommittee@gmail.com

What is your name ( not obligatory to provide)

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* 1. What is your name ( not obligatory to provide)

What age group do you belong?

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* 2. What age group do you belong?

Are you

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* 3. Are you

The year you qualified as a pharmacist

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* 4. The year you qualified as a pharmacist

Do you work in

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* 5. Do you work in

Is the pharmacy you own/ work in situated in

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* 6. Is the pharmacy you own/ work in situated in

What is your role?  (please tick all boxes relevant)

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* 7. What is your role?  (please tick all boxes relevant)

How many hours do you work per week? (if work in one more pharmacy please state hours for each).

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* 8. How many hours do you work per week? (if work in one more pharmacy please state hours for each).

Do you employ a pharmaceutical assistant?

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* 9. Do you employ a pharmaceutical assistant?

Please indicate below the temporary absence covered by the pharmaceutical assistant employed?

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* 10. Please indicate below the temporary absence covered by the pharmaceutical assistant employed?

Draft Rule 4(1) proposes that the period of ‘temporary absence of the registered pharmacist is restricted to any period in a day, not exceeding one hour. In your opinion what will be the impact of this rule if implemented. 

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* 11. Draft Rule 4(1) proposes that the period of ‘temporary absence of the registered pharmacist is restricted to any period in a day, not exceeding one hour. In your opinion what will be the impact of this rule if implemented. 

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I will no longer be in a position to employ the pharmaceutical assistant who currently works for me
I will easily find a pharmacist to cover my temporary absence
I will have to increase the number of hours  I work
I employ a pharmacist already so he/she will work extra hours
My pharmacy business will incur additional costs
It will be difficult to maintain the services currently provided
How many qualified staff (pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants) are employed in the pharmacy you work in (excluding you)?

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* 12. How many qualified staff (pharmacists and pharmaceutical assistants) are employed in the pharmacy you work in (excluding you)?

Rule 8 (1,2,3,4) seeks to address the professional activities carried out by pharmaceutical assistants in the context of potential risks arising to patients. The PSI Core Competency Framework outlines competencies that are expected by the profession and others. Can you indicate from your experience of employing or working with a pharmaceutical assistant, if the pharmacuetical assistant demonstrates these competencies in how she/he behaves in practice

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* 13. Rule 8 (1,2,3,4) seeks to address the professional activities carried out by pharmaceutical assistants in the context of potential risks arising to patients. The PSI Core Competency Framework outlines competencies that are expected by the profession and others. Can you indicate from your experience of employing or working with a pharmaceutical assistant, if the pharmacuetical assistant demonstrates these competencies in how she/he behaves in practice

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1. Practises ‘patient-centred’ care e.g. ensures patient safety, empowers patient to manage their medication and health
2. Practises professionally e.g. maintains patient confidentiality; obtains consent, treats with empathy, respect
3. Practises legally e.g. understanda and applies medicine, data protection, health and safety, consumer law
4. Practises ethically e.g.makes and justifies decisions reflecting pharmacy and medicine laws
5. Engages in appropriate continuing professional development e.g. understands and accepts importance of life-long learning
6. Leadership skills e.g. contributes to developing and improving services for patients
7. Decision-making skills e.g. gathers information from reliable sources to enable well founded decisions
8. Team working skills e.g. collaborates and ensures effective handover to ensure continuity of patient care
9. Communication skills e.g. communicates effectively with patients + carers using appropriate language,checking for understanding
10. Manufactures and compounds medicines e.g. demonstrates the ability to perform pharmaceutical calculations accurately
11. Manages the medicines supply chain e.g. stores medicines in a safe, organised, systematic and secure manner
12. Reviews and dispenses medicines accurately e.g. applies knowledge to undertake a therapeutic review of the prescription to ensure pharmaceutical and clinical appropriatness of treatment
13. Patient consultation skills e.g. Ensures medicines selection and advice reflects best evidence and guidance
14. Patient counselling skills e.g. counsels patients providing appropriate information, ensuring understanding of  optimal use.
15. Reviews and manages patient medicines e.g. recognises and manages adverse drug reactions, inappropriate dosage
16. Identifies and manages medication safety issues e.g. keeps abreast of emerging medication safety information
17. Provides medicines information and education e.g. Provides accurate, quality and safe information and advice to patients, etc.
18. Public Health e.g. Identifies the primary healthcare needs of patients taking into account cultural and social setting of patient
19. Health promotion e.g. provides information, advice and education on disease prevention and control and healthy lifestyle
20. Research skills e.g. Possesses skills to investogate a medicine
21. Self-management skills e.g. demonstrates organisation and efficiency in carrying out their work
22. Workplace management skills e.g. works effectively with supervising/ superintendent pharmacist and documented procedures
23. Human resources management skills e.g. engages with systems and procedures for performance management
24. Financial management skills e.g. Demonstrates awareness of the health service reimbursement schenme
25. Quality assurance e.g. understands the role of policies and procedures in the organisational structure
Is there anything you would like to add?

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* 14. Is there anything you would like to add?

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