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Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician Programme (ACPT)

Programme Introduction

The PWDS Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) programme has been developed in line with the Nationally Recognised Competency Framework for Pharmacy Technicians in order to provide the training and assessment of pharmacy technicians who have been delegated the task of the final accuracy check of dispensed items under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Entry Criteria

The following prerequistes must be met before application

PWDS has designed the following entry requirements to ensure that the trainee ACPT has sufficient experience as a pharmacy technician and has developed attributes and attitudes in order to accept responsibility of the role.

Trainees must meet the following entry criteria:

  • Be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Have been nominated by their chief pharmacist (or designated deputy) in order to to confirm that they are a suitable person for the role
  • Should actively demonstrate qualities and behaviors that are necessary to perform the ACPT role, including professionalism, accountability, accuracy, and effective communication skills
  • Have good working knowledge of local SOPs, 6 months dispensing experience in their current dispensary within the past 12 months prior to commencing the training programme
  • Have a named Educational Supervisor based within the trainee’s trust who is either;
    • an accredited ACPT or  has equivalent experience at the practice base to be acknowledged as occupationally competent
    • an appropriately experienced pharmacist
  • Have completed the PWDS Dispensing Accuracy Assessment NB: There should be no more than three attempts at any one time at completing the Dispensing Accuracy Assessment. If unsuccessful on the third attempt then a period of reflection and dispensing re-training should be completed (according to local SOPs and risk management strategies) before undertaking the Dispensing Accuracy Assessment again.

Programme Features

  • Pre evidence collection activities to develop the trainee’s understanding of their accuracy checking role
  • In-house evidence collection
  • Attendance at a regional Practice Development Day
  • Local practical exam and assessment interview
  • Regional e-portfolio assessment

The programme handbook gives further details about the structure and contents of the programme and assessment process. The handbook (version 13.1 April 2019) can be accessed from ‘Documents and Templates’ section of this page.

Programme Details

The ACPT programme will:

  • Provide trainees with the skills and knowledge to confirm the dispensing accuracy of any prescription previously clinically screened by a pharmacist
  • Develop the trainee’s professional awareness of pharmacy practice and accountability.
  • Encourage the further development of effective communication skills
  • Develop a professional interaction between trainee, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, colleagues, other health care professionals and patients
  • Support appropriate skill-mix within pharmacy departments

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Method of Delivery

Self Directed Learning, Virtual Practice Development Day, Local exam and Interview

Method of Assessment

Evidence Collection and E-portfolio regional assessment, Local exam and Interview

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Email: pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0117 342 6677

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Step One

Application for ACPT Programme

Please click the application button below to apply for the ACPT Programme. Once you have received your acceptance email and login details for the programme, please apply for a Practice Development Day (PDD) that is most suitable for you.

Step Two

Application for Practice Development Day (PDD)

Please only apply for a Practice Development Day (PDD) if you have received confirmation that you have been accepted onto the ACPT programme. We recommend that you attend the PDD within the first 500 items of your evidence collection.

Step Three

Application for Local ACPT Exam Pack

You may apply for your local exam pack at any point during your evidence collection. A mock and ACPT exam will be sent out to your educational supervisor and once received the exam should be undertaken within three weeks. You may wish to discuss with your educational supervisor when it is appropriate for you to request your exam pack.

Step Four

Application for Local Assessment Interview Pack

Once you have completed your evidence collection and your local exam you will need to apply for your local assessment interview pack.


12 month training period


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