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Dr Catriona Bradley & Katherine Morrow

Coaching a profession – the implementation of a new continuous professional development model

Stream: Reflect
Area: Coaching
Type: Workshop
Style: Lecture

Session on Wednesday, Apr 24, 17:00
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A new system of continuing professional development (CPD) was established across the pharmacy profession (approximately 6,000 pharmacists) in Ireland in 2016. Under this system, pharmacists have a statutory responsibility to engage in reflective practice and to develop a self-directed, needs-based, outcomes-focused approach to continual learning and development. This highly reflective approach differs significantly from CPD requirements for most other professions, which generally are inputs-focused, in that they focus on the completion of hours of training or attainment of credits. During this session we describe the coaching approach that was used to support pharmacists in engaging with this new system over the past three years, and report on the levels of engagement with the new system.


Dr Catriona Bradley is the Executive Director of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP), the organisation that is responsible for the establishment and management of the new CPD system for pharmacists.

Katherine Morrow is the Operations Director for the IIOP.

Both Catriona and Katherine are qualified coaches and are passionate about the value of using coaching and reflective practice to drive personal and professional growth for pharmacists with the ultimate benefit of enhanced patient care.

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