Gender perspectives on the current application of young responsible pharmacist management competencies
Keywords:young responsible pharmacist, management training
Background: There are five management functions essential to effective management. The South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) outlines six competency standards relating to management. Pharmacists can become responsible pharmacists (RPs) directly after completion of their internship i.e. in their community service year.
Methods: Quantitative research with a cross-sectional component, which falls into the positivist approach, was used. Questionnaires were sent out to all RPs in South Africa under the age of 35.
Results: Most female RPs were found to be at entry level when measured using the competency standards, while the male respondents were between intermediate and advanced, even though the female respondents had been pharmacists for longer and had more years of experience.
Conclusion: Gender does not play a significant role in the RP’s ability to manage a pharmacy, but training does. More research needs to be done to determine if this gender disparity can be addressed by the development of a management training course that is focused on the operation of a pharmacy. Likewise the possibility of introducing a minimum level of training to be registered as an RP, needs to be considered.