Pharmacists Aligned in Shared Care Teams (PACT) is a learning initiative to help BC pharmacists work together in the shared care of mutual patients. Developed jointly by the UBC Pharmacists in PCN Program team and UBC Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development (CPPD), PACT is for anyone working in or interested in shared care between pharmacists across the care continuum. Part 1 of PACT is available now at no charge to participants. It includes a series of online, self-paced learning modules designed to support skill development for all pharmacists.
Enrol in PACT Part 1 here. PACT Part 2 will include a live workshop component and will be launched later in 2022.
PACT team lead and coordinator, quality care for the Pharmacists in PCN Program, Dr. Jillian Reardon answers several key questions about the initiative:
What was the inspiration for PACT?
British Columbia is undergoing a transformation of its primary healthcare system including integrating Primary Care Clinical Charmacists (PCCPs) into primary care networks (PCNs). With the introduction of this new role comes a need to ensure pharmacists working in community, hospital and primary care settings understand how they fit into this practice change and how to best work together for the benefit of patients.
Who can benefit from participating in PACT?
PACT was developed for pharmacists practicing in community, hospital, primary care or other ambulatory care settings who, through a combination of their work setting, motivation, and patient panel, expect to collaborate with PCCPs in the care of shared patients. However, anyone wanting to learn more about how pharmacists work together across practice settings is welcome to enrol including pharmacy students, other health care professionals and health administrators. PACT is funded by the BC Ministry of Health and available at no charge to participants. Time spent on the modules can be claimed as non-accredited learning hours to fulfil annual continuing education requirements for licensed pharmacists.
What will PACT Part 2 look like?
PACT Part 2 will be a hybrid of asynchronous, online learning and live, virtual workshop-style sessions that focus on topics such as intraprofessional communication, conflict resolution, barriers and opportunities for shared patient care, and documentation.
What are the advantages of pharmacist intraprofessional collaboration?
We often focus on the importance of interprofessional collaboration, where members of different healthcare disciplines work together in the provision of team-based care. However, we often neglect the importance of intraprofessional collaboration, or pharmacists working together with other pharmacist colleagues. We know when pharmacists work effectively together patient health outcomes are improved, wait times and costs are reduced and patients have increased satisfaction and trust in their healthcare team.
What have participants said about PACT thus far?
Overall feedback has been positive. Some pharmacists are unaware of the changes underway in BC and have found PACT a helpful introduction to the PCCP role. PACT also helps participants learn about their local PCN and how their patient care practice may be impacted.
Here’s what participants have said about PACT:
“Intraprofessional collaboration between pharmacists is so important and well explained here. I look forward to being more involved."
“The patient case showing the shared care process between pharmacists was so helpful. I get it now.”
“This is a big change for pharmacy practice and long overdue. It will take time but its good we are getting started."