From time-to-time and for a number of reasons, pharmacists may be asked to supervise other pharmacists. Supervision is defined as the monitoring of, and reporting on, the performance of a pharmacist. The pharmacist under supervision carries out all the duties expected of a pharmacist in the practice environment, as described in the scope of practice. The standard expected is set out in the competence standards.
After an initial period of direct supervision, the level of supervision should be agreed by both pharmacists, and at a level that ensures safe practice, whilst allowing the pharmacist to gain experience in all relevant aspects of practice. The level of supervision can be further reviewed and modified, on an as-required basis.
When the pharmacist is no longer practising under direct supervision, the pharmacist must have their own professional indemnity insurance.
The following requirements apply to pharmacists who are supervising:
NOTE: A separate policy applies to preceptors for intern pharmacists.
All supervising pharmacists must meet the following requirements:
If the situation changes, such that during the period of supervision the supervising pharmacist is no longer meeting the above criteria, their eligibility to continue in that capacity will be reviewed. On a case-by-case basis, and where it is considered to be in the interest of public safety, the Registrar may order that the supervising pharmacist is no longer eligible to continue in a supervisory role.