The purpose of the BPEP Summit is to achieve consensus and provide action-oriented recommendations that address two major questions:
Given that an optimized pharmacy workforce is needed to achieve improved and optimized health outcomes for all people, (1) what does pharmacy workforce optimization look like; and (2) to get to an optimized pharmacy workforce, what is needed, what changes are required in PharmD education, post-graduate education and training, continuing professional development, and ACPE standards?
1. What does pharmacy workforce optimization look like? Essential elements for pharmacy workforce optimization:
- Components and mechanisms for bridging pharmacy education and practice
- Acknowledgement by payers, public/patients, and other health care providers of the value of pharmacists’ contributions to health outcomes and health equity
- Principles of pharmacy workforce optimization, including
- Professional identity formation
- Practice transformation
- Culture of change/ change leaders
- Continuing professional development (CPD), life-long learning
2. To get to an optimized pharmacy workforce, what is needed, what changes are required in the following areas?
- PharmD education—e.g., competency-based education
- Post-graduate education and training
- Continuing professional development (CPD)
- ACPE standards