What is the Intern Foundation Program?
Providing a structured program so you can fast-track the skills development of your interns.
The Intern Foundation Program (IFP) is an extension program that interns undertake concurrently with the Intern Training Program (ITP).
Throughout the IFP, interns complete workplace-based activities to help refine their core pharmacy skills and develop additional skills in service delivery, leadership, and innovation. Our team works with your site to structure a program that supports intern development in a manner that is relevant for your workplace.
For community and hospital pharmacy sites, the IFP provides opportunities to accelerate your intern’s development so they can provide greater value sooner.
How to become a IFP-accredited site
To become an IFP-accredited site relies on three key elements: the workplace, a Clinical Educator and the intern.
Workplace – Our team will ask your workplace to complete a brief survey and submit evidence (e.g. QCPP certification) that they are committed to provide a supportive learning environment
Pharmacist – We will work with you or a nominated pharmacist to develop a structured program specific for your workplace and to complete training to become a Clinical Educator. See below for more details about becoming a Clinical Educator.
Intern – We require the intern to enrol in the IFP, commit to the agreed workplace program and drive completion of the IFP activities at your site.
Become a Clinical Educator View
To be an IFP-accredited site, either the preceptor or another pharmacist at the workplace is required to be the intern’s credentialed Clinical Educator. This pharmacist completes a Clinical Educator training course to ensure they are supported to deliver effective workplace learning.
Credentialed Clinical Educator (CE) training
The Clinical Educator training course is a free, three-week, APC accredited online program (accrues 21.5 CPD credits) that explores the best-practice for education and learning in pharmacy environments. It consists of self-directed online modules, moderated online discussion boards and reflection exercises. The time commitment per week is approximately three to four hours. Upon completion of the course, the Clinical Educator also receives affiliate access to Monash University, enabling access to Monash University library resources.