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 work–based 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 design a 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.