The governance of the Joint Programmes Board Consortium is overseen by the JPB Strategy Group. This comprises the Deans and Heads of each of the Schools of Pharmacy involved, together with the Director of the Specialist Pharmacy Services and other senior NHS pharmacists representing the four Strategic Health Authorities which currently constitute the JPB geography.
About the Joint Programmes Board
The Joint Programmes Board (JPB) is a brand name that represents the partnership between the NHS pharmacy services and nine local Schools of Pharmacy. The collaboration ensures that the training of pharmacists meets the modern requirements of the NHS to be “fit for practice” in order to provide consistently high quality patient care.
Our job is to improve the quality of patient care by ensuring the supply of pharmacists who are educated, trained and motivated to play their part in a first class modern health service.
The level of currently available post-registration pharmacy education has evolved from the need for development of clinical pharmacist skills and knowledge. The JPB is responsible for the planning, design and infrastructure of the new Postgraduate Diploma General Pharmacy Practice award.
The JPB has established an educational delivery infrastructure to allow implementation and delivery of new practitioner programme. In identifying the need for developing the competence of pharmacist practitioners, members of the JPB consortium, in conjunction with the NHS, have developed and validated a competency framework for use within the hospital sector. This framework has now been widely adopted across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with much interest now being shown by other countries (including EU and Australia).
The JPB is spearheading research into adapting the existing evidence-based competency frameworks for use across health care sectors, thus negating the need for separate, and different, post-registration education models.
The JPB strategic goals are:
To implement a common, unified post-registration higher education portfolio across the South, South East and Eastern regions of the UK, via the Joint Programme Board consortium.
To establish an educational infrastructure for a relevant portfolio of progressive post-registration programmes for pharmacy practitioners, from immediate post-registration juniors through to Consultant pharmacists.
To widen access to post-registration formal education for all pharmacist practitioners.
To build a collaborative exemplar for a formal postgraduate educational infrastructure that can address policy developments in health care, specifically Agenda for Change; the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework; Foster review; recommendations; fitness for practise and patient safety agendas.