You can read about the success of the first cohort of students from CLIP Scotland here.
Here's a short clip of delegates at the CLIP Ireland programme. You can sense the energy and drive in the room.
Leaders of today supporting the leaders of tomorrow
The Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy Programme is a comprehensive leadership series aiming to unlock the potential of future pharmacy leaders. By embedding collective leadership behaviours within the pharmacy sector, this programme hopes to support our future leaders in maximising the opportunities created by health and social care integration and novel models of care.
I have learned a lot from the CLIP Programme and undertaking this project; this has been a very worthwhile programme for my development and what I have been able to take back to my workplace.
The Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy (CLIP) across Ireland graduates were asked to complete a final evaluation of the Programme they completed over 12 modules in 2017/18. One of the questions that was asked by PM was:
What are your thoughts about learning alongside a small number of colleagues from the Pharmaceutical Industry? Has this changed since attending?
The responses from the participants included:
Participation by colleagues working in the Pharmaceutical Industry was beneficial as they have different experiences and perspectives to draw upon compared to colleagues working in clinical community or hospital-based roles. I think it was important that CLIP ensured that educational content was not promotional in any way and am satisfied that Pharmacy Management ensured that all content was educational only.
Learning with colleagues from other sectors is essential to gaining a more accurate perception of the world in which we work. Working in isolation within hospital pharmacy or the health service can lead to a distorted view of self or the profession. Our CLIP colleagues from the pharmaceutical industry have certainly enriched the workshop group tasks and it would have been a poorer experience without them.
I had no issues with learning alongside industry colleagues. Pharmacy is a wide-ranging profession comprising hospital, community, industry, regulatory etc and we can all pick up different opinions, skills, advice etc from working together.
It was good to have them there. They were able to say how they see us pharmacists, which is interesting to hear from a non-pharmacist. They also had valuable experience on dealing with teams and it shows how leading a team is so transferable. It doesn’t matter whether you work in pharmacy team or a non-pharmacy team, similar issues arise and have to be dealt with.
Working alongside colleagues from the Pharmaceutical Industry added to the experience. They brought a different perspective to the Programme and I was able to learn from them how they managed different scenarios and situations.
Useful to work alongside pharmaceutical industry and other colleagues.
This worked well, I already knew and respect the pharmaceutical industry delegates and their presence enhanced the learning and group work as it is always useful to have other viewpoints and different perspectives.
I think it’s great to get a different take on each other’s’ role. I think this has been the same before attending.
It was actually useful as they are good at keeping the conversation going when ideas seem to dry up during the workshops. Probably has changed since attending.
I found it beneficial to learn with these colleagues. They often had different perceptions or approaches to topics which I felt enhanced the discussion.
Opinion hasn’t changed, I have always welcomed input from colleagues in pharma. I acknowledge that they have an important role to play. I am however aware of the professional/ethical requirements I should observe when working alongside them.
It added to the course to have our industry colleagues & it has contributed to understanding one anothers’ perspectives. It was definitely a positive – as it is rare to have that non-commercial exposure.
I thought it was beneficial to have a small number of industry colleagues on the course. They brought a different perspective during the group work sessions.
It has been good to meet them, mix the group up rather than have solely pharmacists, to look from a different perspective.
I found this useful to get a different perspective on situations. I think it’s important for industry and the NHS to work together on projects to improve patient care.
If you're thinking of applying for a CLIP programme, you may find this FAQ useful.
One of the successful Scottish cohort has supplied us with a testimonial.
Just wanted to say a HUGE thanks to you and all the fab Pharmacy Management Team.
I loved the programme and made some amazing connections.
It was so encouraging spending quality time with colleagues who are passionate about the profession.
The modern NHS, and associated health and social care landscape, continues to undergo change at an exceptional rate and scale. Pharmacy leaders, both now and in the future, are likely to encounter increasing challenges to the profession amidst an evolving leadership culture and climate. Pharmacy Management understands the high priority challenge that this presents, and has therefore worked closely with senior pharmacists across Scotland to design and deliver our unique approach to leadership development.
The central purpose of the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy is to create high quality, person-centred, clinically effective and safe healthcare services. Delivering this purpose requires ambitious leadership and strong professional values.
The Scottish Government, The Healthcare Quality Strategy for Scotland May 2010
The content of the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme has been shaped by the Pharmacy Management National Board for Scotland. Membership of this Board includes ten forward-thinking, influential leaders in pharmacy, who will additionally have a key role in mentoring programme delegates through their personal development journey. In this way, the leaders of today will work with the leaders of tomorrow as an engaged and involved workforce, realising collective responsibility for leadership in pharmacy.
We are heading into a period of unprecedented challenge. For our profession to thrive and best serve our patients we need good effective leadership. This programme gives our future leaders the chance to develop the required skills.
Michael Pratt, Director of Pharmacy, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
The content of the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Pharmacy Management has worked closely with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to align the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme to the RPS Faculty competencies for Leadership, Management and Collaborative Working Relationships. In recognition of the high quality training, delivered to recognised RPS standards and in line with the Advanced Pharmacy Framework, this programme has been granted RPS Faculty Accreditation. Pharmacy Management has additionally been confirmed as part of the RPS “first wave” of accredited Faculty Training Providers, and programme delegates embarking on their Faculty journey will be supported throughout this programme to develop their portfolio for submission.
You can see the RPS announcement of Pharmacy Management's accreditation for this programme here.
Before undertaking the CLIP programme I would never have said I had any leadership skills whatsoever. I had no confidence in myself as a leader and I even found the application form very intimidating. I am so glad that I got a place on the programme. Finding out how others in my own workplace perceive me has given me confidence to take steps forward and put myself out there as a leader in our team. Learning about more effective communication and how this relates to negotiation and conflict management has been really beneficial to me. I have taken on jobs and responsibilities recently that I would never have thought I would have been capable of in past times, and I have actually found that I am well equipped to do these tasks now. I feel like a lot of the skills I have learned on the CLIP programme will develop more and more with practice and time and that this is something I will continue to gain from for years to come and for the rest of my career.
CLIP Ireland participant