Education Technician Committee Update

A big thank you goes out to all of the members who took the time to respond to the 2015 CAPhO Membership Survey. The CAPhO Executive met in January to review your comments and to set priorities that align with the goals of our membership. The information you provided is being used to shape the direction of CAPhO over the next five years. We heard that our members believe that CAPhO is instrumental in shaping the future of the Oncology Pharmacy community, and we will do our best to rise to the challenge.
 
Our pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant members expressed the desire to have up-to-date educational material about standards for training, testing, and regulation, as well as hazardous drug safe handling. Standards documents from organizations such as USP, CSHP and NAPRA are being revised and released at an accelerated pace. The information provided in these documents is valuable to practice, but may be challenging to keep up with, given the hectic reality of today's workplaces. The Education Pharmacy Technician Assistant Committee has met to discuss how to collate the information that is most pertinent to oncology practice and practitioners, and how to deliver it to our members in a web-based learning module. There has also been an interest expressed in updating the CAPhO Standards of Practice. So much has changed since its release in 2009, and we agree that the Standards require updating. Discussion about the best way to accomplish this is underway.
 
We are listening to our members and encourage your suggestions on an ongoing basis. Please take the time to visit our Town Hall meeting at CAPhO Conference 2016 in Niagara Falls and share your ideas for CAPhO. Not attending this year? Send an email to any member of the Executive Committee or contact me directly. We will be pleased to hear from you.
 
Colleen Thurber 
Education Technician Committee Chair