The design and feasibility of a peer mentorship intervention to support the transition of newly qualified community pharmacists into independent practice

Esnath Magola, The University of Manchester

The overall aim of this project is to design and conduct a feasibility study of a peer mentoring intervention for community pharmacists in the first 6 months of practice, following professional registration. 

The objectives are to: 

  • Review the existing literature on pharmacists’ preparedness for practice, self-reported competence/confidence and need for support during early workbased practice and learning (including pre-registration)  
  • Review the existing literature on the effectiveness of support programmes for healthcare professional trainees and early career practitioners, with a particular focus on mentoring programmes 
  • Explore the views of pre-registration tutors,  early career pharmacists and established mentors  on support needs for independent practice, with a view to designing a peer mentoring intervention for newly-qualified community pharmacists 
  • Use the evidence from qualitative work in conjunction with input from a stakeholder group to desiga peer mentoring intervention for newly qualified community pharmacists 
  • Conduct a feasibility study to refine the intervention and inform the design of a larger trial to investigate the success of this mentoring intervention on pharmacists in early practice 

This project ran from October 2014 to October 2015.