Diploma in Pharmacy Job Skills
For getting any job a candidate must have a proper set of skills or competencies. In this article, you will come to know about the diploma in pharmacy job skills required.
Competency is defined as “A distinct composite of knowledge, skill, attitude, and value that is essential to the practice of the profession in real-life contexts”. The candidates who successfully complete the Diploma in Pharmacy (DPharm) program of Education Regulations 2020 (ER-2020), from the institutions approved by the Pharmacy Council of India are expected to attain the following professional competencies. These competencies are necessary for getting a job after Diploma in Pharmacy.
Review the Prescriptions
The student should receive and handle the prescriptions in a professional manner and be able to check for their completeness and correctness. Also, the prescribers should be contacted for any clarifications and corrections in the prescriptions with suggestions if any.
Dispense Prescription / Non-Prescription Medicines
The student should be able to dispense the various scheduled drugs/medicines as per the implications of the Drug & Cosmetics Act and Rules thereunder. Also, non-prescription medicines (over-the-counter drugs) should be dispensed judicially to the patients as required.
Provide Patient Counseling / Education
The student should be able to effectively counsel / educate the patients/caretakers about prescription / nonprescription medicines and other health-related issues. Effective communication includes using both oral and written communication skills and various communication techniques.
Hospital and Community Pharmacy Management
The student should be able to manage the drug distribution system as per the policies and guidelines of the hospital pharmacy, good community pharmacy practice, and the recommendations of regulatory agencies. Also, be able to manage the procurement, inventory, and distribution of medicines in hospital/community pharmacy settings.
Expertise on Medications
The student should be able to provide an expert opinion on medications to the health care professionals on safe and effective medication use, relevant policies, and procedures based on available pieces of evidence.
Proficiency on Pharmaceutical Formulations
The student should be able to describe the chemistry, characteristics, types, merits, and demerits of both drugs and excipients used in the pharmaceutical formulations based on her/his knowledge and scientific resources.
Entrepreneurship and Leadership
The student should be able to acquire entrepreneurial skills in dynamic professional environments. Also, be able to achieve leadership skills through teamwork and sound decision-making skills.
Deliver Primary and Preventive Healthcare
The student should be able to contribute to various healthcare programs of the nation including disease prevention initiatives to improve public health. Also, contributing to the promotion of national health policies.
Professional, Ethical and Legal Practice
The student should be able to deliver professional services in accordance with legal, ethical and professional guidelines with integrity.
Continuing Professional Development
The student should be able to recognize the gaps in the knowledge and skills in the effective delivery of the professional services from time to time and be self-motivated to bridge such gaps by attending continuing professional development programs.
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