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.
Intermediate level (Unit 2) of the medicines optimisation training programme is open to pharmacy technicians who have been accredited in modules 1 – 3 (Assessing PODs, non-stock supply or one-stop supply) of the previous ‘South West Medicines Management Training Scheme’, or have an accreditation in Unit 1 (Foundation) of the South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation training programme or an approved equivalent. The programme has been designed to facilitate the development of pharmacy technicians to be able to deliver the medicines optimisation services of 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 who have not completed a previous medicines management/optimisation accreditation documented in the entry criteria will need to apply to complete the SW Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme Unit 1 & Unit 2 ( Foundation and Intermediate).
The training programme consists of:
Programme cost includes:
Trainees and Educational supervisors are also able to access ongoing programme support by a PWDS Programme Support Officer.
Practice Development Day (PDD)
The PDD consists of a series of tutorials and workshops which provide the theoretical aspects of the relevant medicines optimisation activities. The day provides the opportunity for trainees to network and share best practice and ask any questions that they have about their training and progress through the programme.
An integral part of the day involves trainees sharing their medicines optimisation experience and practices. Therefore, we advise attending a PDD during the trainees’ practical skills evidence collection once they have some exposure to a patient facing role and can contribute to get the most out of the day.
This training programme consists of training for pharmacy technicians in intermediate unit 2 (Unit 2.1 & Unit 2.2)
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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