The role of pharmacists in the UK has evolved substantially over recent years. Simulation-based training (SBT) is a widely used educational technique that could support the development of the clinical skills and competencies required of pharmacists. However, while SBT is widely adopted in other healthcare areas, evidence supporting its use in pharmacy is limited in the UK. This article discusses how SBT can be applied to clinical pharmacy and describes the educational benefits of developing pharmacists’ technical and non-technical skills. The application of SBT in other industries and healthcare areas is discussed, with consideration of the types of simulation techniques used and design of the simulation sessions. Evidence supporting the use of high-fidelity SBT for pharmacists is reviewed for both individual skill acquisition and development of multiprofessional team performance. Applications of SBT to support both patient safety and development of the skills required for pharmacists are described with consideration of the challenges and barriers to its implementation.
- Clinical pharmacy
- simulation-based training