Welcome to the medicines optimisation training programme. The programme has been designed to facilitate the development of pharmacy technicians and other healthcare professionals (where appropriate) into delivering medicines optimisation services. The training programme is separated into three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Within the levels, the medicines optimisation role is divided into units as follows:
Foundation – Unit 1.1 Manage Patient Medication
Intermediate – Unit 2.1 Medicines Reconciliation & Unit 2.2 Discharge Facilitation
Advanced – Unit 3.1 Clinical Prioritisation
The programme is open to NHS and non NHS organisations and has been designed to allow organisations to select units which apply to the trainee and service provision and also allow for service developments.
Foundation and intermediate level (combined learning – Units 1 & 2) of the medicines optimisation training programme is open to pharmacy technicians who have a patient facing role. The programme has been designed to facilitate the development of pharmacy technicians to be able to deliver medicines optimisation services such as, managing patient’s medication requirements, medicines reconciliation and discharged facilitation in a patient facing/clinical area.
PWDS has designed the following entry requirements to ensure that trainees have sufficient experience in order to accept responsibility of the role.
Trainees must meet the following criteria:
Trainees wishing to register for units of the programme and do not meet these entry criteria are reviewed by the SW Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme Director on a case-by-case basis.
Units within the foundation and intermediate level are open to pharmacy technicians and other registered healthcare professionals, where appropriate. Trainees should be assessed locally for the appropriate training pathway. This assessment should take into account the trainees previous experience and local preferences for training:
Trainee undertakes units 1 and 2 (foundation and intermediate levels) concurrently and as a combined training period of 12 months. The trainee undertakes a single final locally facilitated summative assessment interview which covers assessment of both unit 1 and unit 2.
Trainee undertakes and completes unit 1 (Foundation) over a period of 12 months prior to proceeding to undertake unit 2 (Intermediate) over an additional period of 12 months. Trainee therefore completes locally facilitated summative assessment interview for unit 1 and a further assessment interview for unit 2.
The Training Programme consists of:
The Programme cost includes:
Trainees and Educational supervisors are also able to access ongoing programme support by a PWDS Programme Support Officer (PSO).
This training programme consists of combined training for pharmacy technicians in foundation and intermediate units ( Unit 1 & 2)
Learning Outcomes Foundation Unit 1 – Manage patient medication requirements
Learning Outcomes Intermediate Unit 2.1 – Medicines Reconciliation
Learning Outcomes Intermediate Unit 2.2 – Discharge Facilitation
The aim of the programme is to prepare trainees for a patient facing role by:
Learning Pathways and Portfolio Documents
Trainees will be provided with a learning pathway (LP) on acceptance onto the programme that is bespoke to the trainee’s application and route into the programme. The learning pathway combines all the training resources and programme templates necessary to complete the training programme. Please contact the training programme director if you have any difficulties or questions regarding the learning pathway.
Self directed learning, Local interview, Virtual practice development day
Evidence collection and e-portfolio assessment, Local assessment in practice by educational supervisor, Local summative assessment interview
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The Association of Pharmacy Technicians United Kingdom (APTUK) is the national professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians working in all pharmacy sectors across all countries in the UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
APTUK work on behalf of pharmacy technicians securing and advocating the pharmacy technician profession and advancing the professions education and scope of practice. Further details regarding APTUK can be found at the website here: https://www.aptuk.org/
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