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Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme (PMOTP) – Unit 1

Programme Introduction

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 Level ( Unit 1.1)

Foundation level unit 1.1 of the medicines optimisation training programme is open as a standalone unit for pharmacy support staff to manage patient’s medication requirements in a patient facing/clinical area.

Entry Criteria

The following prerequistes must be met before application

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 entry criteria:

  • Have a minimum of 3 months experience working within the organisation in which they will be taking on a patient facing role.
  • EITHER: Have a patient facing role at present; OR: Be currently training to enter a patient facing role.
  • Provide evidence of completion of a GPhC recognised/approved level 2 qualification or equivalent.
  • Have recommendation and support from the chief pharmacist or designated deputy.
  • Have an educational supervisor based within the trainee’s trust who is an appropriately experienced pharmacist or an accredited medicines management/optimisation pharmacy technician/accredited healthcare professional, OR; has equivalent experience at the practice base to be acknowledged as occupationally competent.
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of local standard operating procedures to their educational supervisor.

Programme Features

This programme is for Assistant Technical Officers or Senior Assistant Technical Officers.

The programme comprises of:

  • Pre programme activities and underpinning knowledge requirements.
  • Supported learning and underpinning knowledge requirements to support developing practice.
  • In-house practical skills evidence collection including accuracy logs and e-portfolio build.
  • Locally facilitated assessment interview.
  • Regional Assessment of e-portfolio.

Programme cost includes:

  • e-Portfolio license
  • Training provider final assessment of evidence in the e-portfolio
  • Final summative assessment interview and formal certification

Trainees and educational supervisors are also able to access ongoing programme support by a PWDS programme support officer (PSO).

Programme Details

The programme has been designed to facilitate the development of pharmacy assistants into delivering medicines optimisation services.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Confirm the process for using patients’ own drugs
  •  Assess patients’ own drugs ensuring that they are fit for the purpose required
  •  Review patients’ own drugs for relabeling
  •  Manage patients’ own drugs if unsuitable for use
  • Accurately order medicines for individual patients
  • Deal with a variety of initial and/or repeat supply issues
  • Facilitate the timely processing of orders
  • Identify and resolve risks/problems associated with the incorrect storage and stock control of individuals’ medicines
  • Complete all relevant documentation accurately


The aim of the programme is to prepare trainees for a patient-facing role by:

  • Outlining the medicines optimisation roles.
  • Describing the infrastructure to facilitate these; addressing issues about the new working environment; providing a framework for training and assessing trainees, which is recognised across the region and meets the standards of the national framework.
  • Encourage the further development of effective communication skills.
  • Develop the trainee’s professional awareness of pharmacy practice and accountability.


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.


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Method of Delivery

Self-directed learning, Local interview

Method of Assessment

Evidence collection and e-portfolio assessment, local assessment in practice by educational supervisor, Local summative assessment interview

PMOTP Unit 1 Documents & Templates

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To access the content, click below and enter your password to continue.

If you do not have a password, please contact your course director for access.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our comprehensive FAQs before submitting an enquiry

Questions about this Programme

The educational supervisor needs to be an appropriately experienced clinical pharmacist, an experienced pharmacy technician/healthcare professional (accredited in the Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Programme or equivalent modules from the previous South West Medicines Management Training Scheme, or an approved equivalent) or a healthcare professional who has equivalent experience at the practice base to be acknowledged as occupationally competent.
The training programme should be completed within 12 months
Applications will need to wait for financial approval before being processed by the training programme director. In some cases this may take several weeks. Please be assured once the finances associated with the application have been approved your application will be processed and you will receive a training programme ‘welcome email’.
When your application is accepted on to the training programme the programme director will send you a welcome email which will include access to learning pathways and programme templates and the password to access these. If you are having problems accessing the templates please contact the training programme director.
Please see the ‘staff’ page for specific contact details for all members of the PWDS team. For general enquiries you can email pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk or leave a voice message on 0117 3426677. We ask that you check the website for an answer to your question prior to emailing us as this is the easiest way to gain a prompt answer to your query.
We will consider offering an extension if a trainee is unable to complete due to periods of sick leave, maternity leave and special requirements etc. Extensions to the training period should be requested by the trainees’ educational supervisor towards the end of the training period; at that point the trainees’ progress to date and circumstances can be taken in account when agreeing how much time is necessary to complete the outstanding evidence. Please email the training programme director to request an extension.
E-portfolio evidence will be externally assessed within 8-10 weeks after submission and the trainee will receive a feedback report for the via their educational supervisor. Formal certification will be provided on completion and sign off of your e-portfolio.

General Questions

Answers to most common applications for each stage of the Programme process can be found on our dedicated Frequently Asked Questions page and is usually the quickest and easiest way to resolve most enquiries.

Please ensure you check this page before submitting a contact enquiry. 


Programme Director

For general enquiries or in case of Programme Director absence:

Email: pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0117 342 6677


Step One

Application for Unit 1 of the Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme

Please click the application button below to apply for unit 1 of the programme.

Step Two

Application for Unit 1 Local Assessment Interview Pack

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


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