Healthcare students from
all around South Africa are benefiting tremendously from the training
programmes that Clicks Pharmacy is offering. In 2002 Clicks unveiled
the Pharmacy Healthcare Academy in Johannesburg to provide the pharmaceutical
fraternity with accredited professionals and other qualified staff.
Thus far nearly 600 students have successfully qualified as Pharmacist's
Assistants from the institution. Many of these students had been unemployed
when they were recruited to become qualified Pharmacist Assistants.
This further seals the
Clicks commitment to consumer satisfaction and the pharmacy professions.
The Pharmacy Healthcare
Academy provides pharmacies on a national scale with qualified Pharmacist
Assistants. The Academy also runs a Continuing Professional Development
programme for Pharmacists and Nursing Practitioners who operate in store
clinics. Says Willie Jordaan, Head of Clicks Professional Services,
"The Pharmacy Healthcare Academy is committed to ensuring quality
learning and development programmes for Pharmacist Assistants, Pharmacists
and Nursing Practitioners, that meet all required standards, and also
provides an environment conducive to learning and continuing professional
The Pharmacist Assistant
programme includes compulsory theoretical as well as practical training.
This takes place under the close supervision of a dedicated pharmacist-tutor,
provided both the pharmacist and training site are registered with the
South African Pharmacy Council.
Qualified Pharmacy Assistant,
Ntsi Sealetsa added, "My experience at the Pharmacy Healthcare Academy
was very positive as I enjoyed learning in the workplace. I found the
Academy communication regarding administrative matters, learning support
and guidance excellent. In addition my workplace learning was great
due to the way in which the dispensary team helped facilitate my learning."
Learner Pharmacist Assistants
are required to attend and participate in regular contact sessions.
The purpose of these sessions is to review the learner's progress,
share ideas and identify as well as resolve stumbling blocks.
Constant change in dispensing
systems as well as medication, demands that pharmacy professionals stay
abreast, in order to provide the quality care the consumer deserves.
Pharmacy Healthcare Academy offers Continuing Professional Development
that enables dispensary professionals to continually raise the standards
of quality service.
This subsidised programme
ensures that Clicks Pharmacy meets the licensure requirements of the
South African Pharmacy Council. The Academy's CPD learning modules
focus on staying abreast of latest developments in different pharmaceutical
fields. Participants must achieve specific predetermined outcomes through
acquiring new knowledge and skills. The success of this programme lies
in participants' implementation of learning in the workplace, according
to specified criteria, and systematic recording of the evidence where
"Clicks Pharmacy, through
the Pharmacy Healthcare Academy, has taken a stand to provide pharmacy
professionals with the most current information and proactive training
programmes, equipping them with the ability to assist patients with
appropriate advice and tools to take control of their health," concluded
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