|Clinical Community Pharmacist|
Clinical Community Pharmacist
The Clinical Community Pharmacist (CCP) is the newest patient care development for pharmacists practicing in community pharmacies. More than offering a screening, or recommending an OTC, this allows pharmacists to prescribe therapies for patients in acute situations to reduce urgent care and emergency room visits.
The Clinical Community Pharmacist Service is a tool to allow community pharmacists to meet the urgent needs of their communities. The clinical community pharmacist can provide after office hours and weekend care for their community, and care for their patients closer to home.
Disease states Included in the Clinical Community Pharmacist Training
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In this self-paced training, approved for 20 CE hours, pharmacists will earn how to identify illness, rule out complications, and prescribe therapies. The Clinical Community Pharmacist training includes the required Fundamentals for the Clinical Community Pharmacist Module which prepares the pharmacist for establishing their own CCP Service, including developing a business and marketing plan, documentation, ethical considerations, and practical points. The Fundamentals Module is then supported by 14 clinical modules, which provide a comprehensive review of a disease state, the differential diagnosis to rule out other causes of symptoms, and treatment recommendations. The clinical modules were developed using practice guidelines and primary literature, contain citations to these sources, and have been peer reviewed to meet high standards.
For a pharmacist to be certified as a Clinical Community Pharmacist, the pharmacist must complete the Fundamentals Module, plus at least one clinical module. The pharmacist can however, complete all the clinical modules, or pick the ones that best fit their practice setting. Once the pharmacist has completed their training modules, they should, they should email email@example.com with the subject “CCP Certificate” so that WSPA Staff can issue their Clinical Community Pharmacist Certificate, which will list the modules the pharmacist completed.
Getting Started with Training
The CCP online training is hosted through the WSPA Education CCP Portal. The WSPA Education Portal requires learners to create a learner profile in this system. Pharmacists will first select and complete the Fundamentals Training, then they should complete the clinical modules of their choice.
Complete CCP Training:
Pharmacists may purchase the Complete CCP Training as a package through the WSPA Store, or individuals can complete the trainings individually through the Educational Portal. The complete package is the best option for pharmacists who intend on completing 10 or more of the Clinical Modules. Once a pharmacist has purchased the Complete CCP Training through the WSPA they will receive an email with an individual coupon code to be used to complete the trainings through the Educational Portal at no additional cost. WSPA members receive a discount on the Complete Training, but need to login as a WSPA member to get the discount.
Selective CCP Training:
Individuals who are interested in completing only a few of the trainings should access the WSPA Education CCP Portal directly. WSPA members should enter the WSPA members 40% off discount code for the Education Portal before paying for their trainings.
If you have any problems with the Educational Portal, the WSPA Store or coupons, please contact the WSPA Office at 428-228-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you complete your clinical modules, email email@example.com with the subject “CCP Certificate” to have your Training Certificate released.
There is flexibility built into the Clinical Community Pharmacist Certificate. While Washington State Law allows for initiation, and modification of treatment, some states only allow for modification of therapies, and therefore the pharmacist would not be able to prescribe new therapy for an acute condition. The Clinical Community Pharmacist in these states will benefit from the modules addressing emergency refills for insulin, contraception, epinephrine auto-injectors, and bronchospasm.
Clinical Community Pharmacist Toolkit
To support implementation of the Clinical Community Pharmacist Service, WSPA has assembled a Clinical Community Pharmacist Toolkit complete with patient intake forms, pharmacist documentation forms, patient handouts, and collaborative drug therapy agreements to accompany each disease state. The documentation tool helps pharmacists capture key decision point information, guides therapy selection, and provides a format for documenting the outcome of the patient visit. The toolkit is available to pharmacies for a one-time, site-based fee. This fee will provide not only these tools, but also regular updates based on changing evidence based guidelines. All the documents in this toolkit are in editable form to allow the user to change the CDTA’s to match their own or prescriber partner preferences, and to facilitate branding of the documents for the site.
Pharmacists offering the Clinical Community Pharmacist Service are encouraged to join a study by the WSPA and University of Washington School of Pharmacy faculty funded by the Community Pharmacy Foundation to document the quality and safety of this service. For more information on joining the study, please contact Jenny Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporters of CCP
Please visit the CCP Supporters Page to learn more of their contributions.
Clinical Community Pharmacist Training for pharmacists:
*WSPA Membership is $195 annually for pharmacists
Clinical Community Pharmacist Training for student pharmacists:
*WSPA Membership is $20 annually for student pharmacists
The toolkit and license to offer a Clinical Community Pharmacist Service is assessed for each licensed pharmacy cite offering the service. The cost is a onetime fee of $350 per site. See Large Scale Implementation for information for Chains and multiple independent sites.
Large Scale Implementation
WSPA is prepared to meet the needs of large scale partners who will have to implement a Clinical Community Pharmacist Service at multiple sites. We can assist with group access to the CE modules as well as offer discounted per location charge due to the ease of working with one individual for the chain as opposed to each site individually.