To further equip pharmacists with knowledge and skills for improved care and management of diabetes, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has released a publication, titled, “Knowledge and skills reference guide for professional development in diabetes.”
According to a statement released by the Federation, the reference guide, which is a sequel to a 2021 publication, “FIP diabetes handbook for pharmacists” is to help pharmacists identify and acquire competencies, such as screening and clinical management, needed to provide better services for diabetes patients.
Quoting the authors, the statement said, “By expanding the full potential of pharmacists in the delivery of diabetes care and associated services, we get closer to offering optimal health services to patients making sure that no one is left behind.
“Diabetes is a serious and complex health condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to support patients on their health journeys, supporting screening, prevention, treatment and medication management as part of multidisciplinary care teams.”
The FIP further said that the new guide will help pharmacists improve themselves as their careers develop, adding that it will also guide continuing professional development providers in designing and delivering education and training programmes.
“The guide acknowledges that there are some barriers to and regulations around providing diabetes-related services in some countries but emphasises that the incorporation of pharmacists into multidisciplinary diabetes care teams should always be strongly considered by clinicians and health policymakers,” the Federation said.
Also speaking on the publication, a member of the knowledge and skills guide advisory group, Dr Astrid Czock, FIP Workforce Development Hub Lead for FIP Development Goal 8 remarked that the guide can equally be used by educators and providers of continuing education to cross-reference content and learning outcomes to the information included in the guide.
FIP has been known to take a leading role in guiding pharmacists towards better prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses and diseases, including diabetes, since 2006.