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Development of a Platform to Align Education and Practice: Bridging Academia and the Profession in Portugal

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Ordem dos Farmacêuticos, Rua da Sociedade Farmacêutica, 18, 1169-075 Lisboa, Portugal
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Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Coimbra, Polo das Ciências da Saúde, Azinhaga de Santa Comba, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
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Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade do Porto, Edifício 3, Piso 3. Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
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Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisboa, Portugal
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Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade da Beira Interior, Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugal
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Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Professor Gama Pinto, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal
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Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Rua Carlos da Maia, 296, 4200-150 Porto, Portugal
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Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz, Campus Universitário, Quinta da Granja Monte de Caparica, 2829-511 Caparica, Portugal
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Instituto Universitário de Ciências da Saúde, Rua Central de Gandra, 1317, 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8010011
Received: 9 November 2019 / Revised: 9 January 2020 / Accepted: 14 January 2020 / Published: 16 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacy Education; Competency and beyond)
Limited fitness for practice may result from a mismatch between education and practice. Aiming to meet the common interests of academics and practitioners, the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society (PPS) developed the Education and Practice Platform (EPP). The EPP includes one representative from each pharmacy faculty, and all Councils of Speciality Boards of Practice. Brainstorming with involved parties enabled sharing of interests, concerns and identifying a common path. Aims, mission, vision and values were set. The EPP’s mission is to: act as an enabler to foster the quality and adequacy of education through sharing best practices, ultimately leading to facilitate professional integration, and to foster quality development in teaching practices with recognition for autonomy in freedom to teach and to learn. Its vision is an alignment of education and practice with the PPS’ statutes to ensure validation of the competences defined for each practice area, and compliance with international guidance. Key performance indicators (KPIs) were set. Activities developed include the creation of a national forum to discuss education and practice, development of workshops on teaching methods and pharmacy internships, enhanced representation in international events and response to global and national requests. Ongoing work focuses on the creation of a common training framework in hospital and community pharmacy practice adapted to Portugal. The EPP is a worldwide case study, encouraging the development of discussion contributing to an open climate of sharing best practices, indirectly leading to foster a better alignment between education and practice. Many of these results are so far intangible in scientific terms but worth describing.
Keywords: professional practice; education; pharmacy; Competency-Based Education; health-workforce; policy making professional practice; education; pharmacy; Competency-Based Education; health-workforce; policy making
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Alves da Costa, F.; Martins, A.P.; Veiga, F.; Ramalhinho, I.; Lobo, J.M.S.; Rodrigues, L.; Granadeiro, L.; Castro, M.; Barata, P.; Gomes, P.; Seabra, V.; Caramona, M.M. Development of a Platform to Align Education and Practice: Bridging Academia and the Profession in Portugal. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 11.

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