On 14 November 2016, the eighth cohort of the Clinical
Pharmacist Preparatory Programme (CPPP) celebrated their graduation at a
luncheon co-organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and the National
University Hospital (NUH).
Graced by Mr Wu Tuck Seng (Deputy Director, NUH); Ms Chan
Soo Chung, Executive Director, NHG Pharmacy; and Ms Yvonne Ng, Senior Director
(Education), NHG, the graduation luncheon also commemorated the concerted
effort and dedication of the CPPP committee members, clinical supervisors,
tutors and examiners.
“I’m very heartened to see the commitment our faculty put into training
the next generation of Clinical Pharmacists (CPs) for the care
of our patients. It is truly fulfilling our mission of improving the health of
our patients and population through continuous healthcare education and professional development,” said Ms Ng in her opening speech.
First launched in 2010, the CPPP was formed to
address the increasing demand for skilled clinical pharmacists within NHG’s
institutions. Through the nine-month programme, the junior pharmacists will
receive the required technical knowledge and clinical practice skills to
practice as a CP. And upon graduation, the CPs will be able to provide
evidence-based, patient-centred medication therapy management in a
“The rigorous training and evaluation method
for the course has strengthened my ability to critically evaluate a patient’s
drug regimen and its suitability,” said CPPP graduate Mr Gareth Yeo from NHG
Fellow CPPP graduate, Mr Franky Cheo from the Institute of Mental Health
said that the programme helped
him gain more confidence
in discussing clinical cases with doctors and nurses; he also found the
acquired knowledge applicable in his daily practice. “I thoroughly enjoyed
every teaching session
and conversations I have had with them.
I hope that more aspiring
clinical pharmacists will benefit from this course,” he added.