Dream of Pharmacy Skills Centre comes true
The Faculty of Health Sciences officially opened the Pharmacy Skills Centre on 1 October.
The centre is a dream come true. Enthusiastic and committed staff members of the School of Pharmacy already set the wheels in motion in 2011 when they responded to a call from the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) to train both pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy technicians.
They put plans in action for an immaculate centre, which already boasts a hospital pharmacy, primary health care clinic and pharmacy wholesaler.
“The Skills Centre is an important asset and will be beneficial for the training of students,” says Prof Sandra van Dyk, director for the School of Pharmacy.
“Students are able to develop and sharpen their skills as they prepare to enter into work-integrated learning programmes within communities. Not only can students develop their clinical skills, but they are also subjected to the total scope of practice of a pharmacist.”
She says students will be able to create dummy medical aid profiles in the near future and the probability exists that the centre may be licences by the SAPC as a training pharmacy.