A new framework outlining the competencies pharmacists need to care for people with diabetes and supporting the commissioning of pharmacy services has been launched by the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association’s (UKCPA) diabetes and endocrinology group.

The framework, developed to address the absence of a recognised qualification for what is an emerging role, defines the responsibilities and skills of pharmacists in providing diabetes care.

Philip Newland-Jones, consultant harmacist in diabetes and endocrinology at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and one of the authors of the framework, said: “Diabetes is a new area of speciality for pharmacist practice, however the profession has been involved in some aspects of the care of people with diabetes for many years.

“To deliver care successfully and safely, pharmacists need to be clear about what competencies are required to deliver high-quality diabetes care in a patient-facing role and be able to demonstrate those skills.

“Furthermore, experienced pharmacists should be able to assess need and be innovative, and to evaluate and demonstrate that they achieve desired health outcomes.

“We expect this competence framework to help develop a portfolio that demonstrates specialist skills and knowledge and therefore meets the needs of both our professional society and specialised individuals.”

This framework sits alongside the foundation pharmacy framework and advanced pharmacy framework and was endorsed by Diabetes UK, Trend UK, UKCPA and Primary Care Diabetes Society.