Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal
In April 2018, a new app containing content from The Pharmaceutical Journal andClinical Pharmacist was officially launched by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in the UK.
The app, RPS MyCPD, aims to meet the needs of pharmacy professionals undergoing revalidation — a process that seeks to demonstrate pharmacists’ continuing competence and fitness to practise. The app can be downloaded from the AppStore and Google Play for iOS devices and Android devices, respectively.
RPS members can access the app’s content using their membership number and surname, and subscribers to
The Pharmaceutical Journal and
by entering their email address and password. Non-members who wish to use the app will need to either purchase a subscription to The Pharmaceutical Journal and/or
or join the RPS, which will also allow access to the other tools and support the Society offers for revalidation.
The Pharmaceutical Journal’s learning team and product manager have developed this article to help users familiarise themselves with the RPS MyCPD app. Screenshots are included to illustrate the app’s functionality and introduce its interface, including how it can be used by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to record their continuing professional development (CPD) activity and meet the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) revalidation requirements.
Key features of the RPS MyCPD app
At launch, over 100 articles from The Pharmaceutical Journal and Clinical Pharmacist— including more than 60 CPD and learning articles — have been repurposed in this dedicated revalidation app to meet pharmacists’ learning needs. Articles covering pharmaceutical sciences and drug delivery, medicines information, medical conditions and treatment, pharmacy business management, career information, consultation skills, and information on revalidation itself, are all available with easy subject-led user navigation.
At an article level, users can add bookmarks (notes) to articles, documenting evidence of their learning, highlighting knowledge gaps or simply flagging content to read at a later date.
Users can evaluate their learning using the app’s forms, which are included at both article and profile level, and automatically saved as a valid CPD entry in their profile. These records can be personalised and updated to reflect the type of learning activity undertaken — for example, whether the activity represents planned or unplanned learning (see ‘Revalidation: How to use planned and unplanned learning entries to record CPD’ for a full explanation of these terms). Users also have the opportunity to add entries for peer discussions and reflective accounts.
User profiles, therefore, provide a personal electronic record of all learning and CPD activity undertaken. This information is stored indefinitely and not deleted. However, it is important to remember that these records are only accessible while the user remains an RPS member or a subscriber to The Pharmaceutical Journal and/or Clinical Pharmacist.
A visual guide to using the interface
The RPS MyCPD app opens on the homepage, where content is divided into subject areas.
Figure 1: The menu
Figure 2: Articles
Figure 3: Recording learning activities
Figure 4: Test modules
Figure 5: Search function
Figure 6: Bookmarks and notes
Figure 7: User profile
Figure 8: Creating a standalone record
Figure 9: Emailing your revalidation record
Downloads and updates
Users should access the app while online to receive the latest content. While offline, users will not be able to log in, export a summary or receive new content. However, users can still complete forms, MCQs and search content while offline if they have previously accessed content through the app while online.
Content is updated regularly and if users have enabled notifications (this can be changed in the device’s settings), they will receive notifications when new content is added.
The app will automatically notify iOS users as updates become available through the App Store. Depending on their settings, Android users may not receive these automatic notifications, and so are advised to check for updates regularly.
It should be noted that the app has been produced to meet all the requirements outlined by the GPhC. Further functionality may be included in future updates to ensure the app continues to meet the any additional requirements and needs.
For Apple users, the app is optimised to run on mobile and tablet devices operating iOS 9.0 and above. For Android users, the app is optimised to run on Android 6 and above.
Reporting technical issues and feedback
General feedback, feedback on the clinical content and reporting of technical issues can be made through the help section of the RPS MyCPD app, by selecting ‘Contact support’.
Any technical queries should include details of the device and operating system used.