Over the years, the landscape for locum pharmacists has become more competitive. This year, there were 55,258 registered pharmacists in Great Britain alone. So it is important that locums are able to stand out in such a challenging arena.
In order to recruit a locum, a pharmacy may rely upon their accreditation training to gauge whether they have the necessary credentials required to fill the position.
So why is accreditation important?
There are a number of ways in which accreditation can be carried out.
Below is a list of mandatory accreditations that must be completed before one can look to practice as a locum pharmacist.
It is key to remember that the pharmacy is a business seeking to make a profit, being able to offer additional services to their customers through accreditation will be an attractive incentive for any employer.
Below is a list of accreditations which although are not mandatory, are highly desirable for locum pharmacists:
Flu Vaccination Training
In terms of a locums clinical expertise, it’s simply an excellent accreditation to have. It provides extra value pharmacies as well as patients.
Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)
Again, not mandatory but an extremely useful accreditation to have. It will allow locums to advise and support customers on a wide variety of contraceptives and their uses.
Whilst it may be argued that gaining accreditations can be costly, investing in this training will only demonstrate a locums commitment to high-quality, well-rounded professional development.
For further information on accreditation training please see: