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Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme (PMOTP) – Unit 3

Programme Introduction

Advanced Unit – Clinical Prioritisation

Clinical prioritisation is a method of working that aims to achieve the optimum use of the pharmacy team in clinical areas. This is achieved by training and empowering the pharmacy technician to identify and prioritise those patients who require the most clinical input with regards to their medications, thus ensuring the most effective use of the pharmacist’s time.

The programme aims to provide training and assessment to equip pharmacy technicians with the required knowledge and skills to be able to accurately and efficiently prioritise patients who require further clinical input regarding their medicines and to communicate this effectively.

Programme Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of high risk patient conditions and high risk medicines and how to identify these
  2. Locate, review and use professional and clinical judgement to interpret patient specific information
  3. Deal with conflicting or a variety of information and prioritise effectively
  4. Interpret what information needs to be communicated and to whom
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of urgency and when to escalate
  6. Refer to the relevant healthcare professionals using the appropriate handover techniques

Entry Criteria

The following prerequistes must be met before application

The training programme is available only to healthcare professionals who:

  • Are registered with their professional regulatory body (where registration is a requirement), for example, in Great Britain registration is with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Have recommendation and support from the chief pharmacist or designated deputy
  • Have a patient facing role
  • Have an educational supervisor based within the trainee’s trust/organisation who is an appropriately experienced pharmacist or an accredited medicines management 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 the chief pharmacist and educational supervisor
  • Have been accredited in EITHER:
    Unit 2.1 of the South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme
    One or more modules of the previous versions of the South West Medicines Management Training Scheme (must include module 4 – Medicines Reconciliation)
  • Have at least 1 year post accreditation experience.

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.

Programme Features

The Training Programme consists of:

  • 1 day virtual induction event
  • Underpinning knowledge activities to support and develop practice
  • Work-based evidence collection and portfolio building
  • Competency based assessments
  • Summative assessment interview and case study presentation
  • Certification

Programme Details

This unit will prepare trainees for this role by:

  • Developing their knowledge of high risk patient conditions and high risk medicines that are most likely to cause significant harm to the patient, even when used as intended
  • Developing their understanding of and ability to interpret patient specific results, including regular observations and blood test results, for the purpose of identifying potential clinical issues, adverse reactions and referring appropriately
  • Developing their ability to deal with a variety of potentially conflicting information and establishing an order of priority for referral
  • Providing an opportunity to test and apply the knowledge gained to a series of case studies and scenarios
  • Developing their understanding of prioritisation, escalation and handover techniques

The programme consists of

  • Legal and ethical issues – using professional judgement and accountability
  • Interpreting and evaluating different sources of patient information
  • High risk medicines and high risk patients
  • Reviewing and interpreting basic patient specific results
  • Observations, i.e. blood pressure, temperature etc.
  • Blood results, i.e. U&Es, liver function, creatinine clearance etc.
  • Dealing with a variety of conflicting information and referring appropriately
  • Prioritisation techniques and handover, e.g. SBAR, RSVP
  • Interpreting what information needs to be communicated and understanding who needs to know
  • Writing in notes and other appropriate forms of communication
  • Transcription skills
  • Identifying poor practice with medicines management that may impact on patient safety e.g. IV injection reconstitution, poor medicines security
  • Reflective practice and e-portfolio building

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Method of Delivery

Virtual Programme induction and assessment

Method of Assessment

Local assessment in practice by educational supervisor and final summative assessment and case study presentation by external panel

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Step One

Application for Unit 3 (Advanced) of the Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme

Please click the application button below to apply to undertake unit 3 of the programme and to attend the virtual induction event. Once your application has been assessed as meeting the entry criteria you will receive an acceptance email and e-portfolio login details for the programme. Further details regarding the virtual induction event will be provided by email approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.

Step Two

Application for Regional Assessment Interview

Once you have completed your evidence collection, you will need to apply for your regional assessment interview and case study presentation. Please apply for your chosen date. You will receive an acceptance email with further instructions on how to prepare for your case study presentation. Further details regarding the virtual regional assessment day will be provided by email approximately 2 weeks prior to the event


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