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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. Trainees must be fully supported by standard operating procedures (SOPs), protocols and/or guidelines that outline the role of the pharmacy technician in the clinical prioritisation of patients. PWDS are able to provide guidance regarding the development of these prior to trainees commencing on the programme

Programme Learning Aim

  1. Develop and deploy a clinical prioritisation skill set for application to local patient groups/clinical settings

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 a unit 3 accredited medicines management/optimisation pharmacy technician.
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of local standard operating procedures, policies and/or protocols relating to their role in the clinical prioritisation of patients  to the chief pharmacist and educational supervisor
  • Have been accredited in EITHER:
    Unit 2.1 of the South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme
    OR;
    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 PWDS 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
  • 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

Method of Assessment

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

PMOTP Unit 3 Documents & Templates

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about this Programme

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 that will 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. The programme does not necessarily ‘teach’ the process of clinical prioritisation. This is because the process of clinical prioritisation is determined locally, in line with SOPs/guidelines and the expected roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians within this. The programme aims to provide a ‘toolkit’ of skills that support the pharmacy technician to prioritise patients according to risk and this enables the application of the programme in a wide range of settings and specialties.
The programme covers a variety of topics and themes that support the trainee to develop the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to undertake the programme and clinical prioritisation role. Examples include: • 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 o Observations, i.e. blood pressure, temperature etc. o 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 • Identifying poor practice with medicines management that may impact on patient safety e.g. IV injection reconstitution, poor medicines security • Portfolio building and the e-portfolio
The programme content is delivered by virtual induction and local practical skills evidence collection and assessment. Further details can be found in the programme handbook. • 1 day virtual induction event – delivered by PWDS; an interactive event providing networking opportunities and scenario based learning • Underpinning knowledge activities to support and develop practice – self-directed learning and reflection on application to clinical prioritisation role. • Work-based evidence collection and portfolio building – assessment of practical skills in the workplace. • Competency Based Assessments - assessment of practical skills in the workplace. A learning pathway is provided to trainees and educational supervisors that guide through the learning elements with templates for recording evidence for submission • Summative assessment interview and case study presentation – panel assembled by PWDS and held virtually.
Trainees are permitted a 12 month training duration to complete the evidence requirements and present for final assessment. As with any professional/personal development there is an expectation that trainees will undertake some of the learning in their own time. PWDS will accept requests from educational supervisors where specific circumstances have prevented the trainee from completing the programme with the specified training duration.
We will consider offering an extension if you are 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 educational supervisor towards the end of the training period; at that point your progress to date and circumstances can be taken in account when agreeing how much time is necessary to complete the outstanding evidence. Please ask your educational supervisor to email the training programme director to request an extension with a brief outline of the reasons for the request.
Trainees will require a clinical pharmacist or a suitably trained and experienced unit 3 accredited pharmacy technician to act in the capacity of educational supervisor. Educational supervisors should guide the trainee and support them to understand their role in clinical prioritisation from a practical and clinical perspective. With this in mind where the trainee is allocated a pharmacy technician educational supervisor we recommend the additional involvement and support from a clinical pharmacist to support the trainee to develop the relevant clinical knowledge.
We advise that the trainee’s nominated educational supervisor remains the same for the duration of the training in order to support continuity of training and assessment. PWDS recognise that there are occasions where a change in educational supervisor is unavoidable (e.g. where they have left the organisation or moved to another role). In this instance we request that the trainee or educational supervisor contact the training programme director for further guidance. We would normally require documented evidence of a handover of the trainee’s progress from the old to the new educational supervisor. This can be documented as a ‘regular review’ and uploaded to the trainees e-portfolio.
The learning pathway is a document that supports the trainee and educational supervisor to understand and journey through the relevant evidence requirements to complete the programme. The learning pathways also contain the templates used to record the practical skills evidence collection for the programme. Trainees and educational supervisors will be provided with the relevant learning pathway upon registration to the programme. If you experience any difficulties in accessing the learning pathway or any of the documents embedded then please contact the training programme director.
Please see the ‘team’ 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.
Demonstration of competence is achieved through local practical skills evidence collection and using the following assessment methods: • Accuracy logs – second checked processes • Competency based assessments • Reflection on practice through written case studies across a range of experiences • Final summative assessment interview and case study presentation • Submission of electronic portfolio of evidence for final assessment by PWDS
Funded places may be available for trainees for trainees located in the HEE South geography. Please see the PWDS website for more details regarding funded opportunities. The programme cost for PWDS affiliated trusts is £140.00, for non-affiliated trusts the costs is £295.00. This cost includes 1 day induction, e-portfolio licence, final summative assessment interview and formal accreditation/certification
We have some feedback from trainees and educational supervisors who have experienced/competed this training programme. Here’s what they said….. ‘………At last we have been given the opportunity to learn and use clinical skills. The course pushes the pharmacy technician even further in their learning. It was useful to study within the working environment based on real events, so learning could be demonstrated in practice. This course is informative and enjoyable. A positive step forward.’ HM, Southmead Hospital ‘………the programme provided me with a structure to work within. It prompted me to reflect on this role’ SF, Bristol Royal Infirmary ‘……The clinical prioritisation role is excellent, it reduces the number of patients that I need to see & flags potential clinical problems in those patients that I would need to focus my time with’ SG, Clinical Pharmacist North Bristol NHS Trust
Please contact the PWDS Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Unit 3 Training Programme Director: Mary Carter at mary.carter1@net or email PWDS at PWDS@uhbw.nhs.uk

General Questions

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Contact

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Useful Links

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Enrolment

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 attend the induction event on the dates(s) indicated. The induction is normally held over 2 half days and trainees will be expected to attend both days. 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 Assessment Interview and Case Study Presentation

Once you have completed your evidence collection, you will need to apply for your assessment interview and case study presentation. Please apply for your chosen date. You will receive an acceptance email with further instructions and some competency descriptors that will help you prepare your case study presentation. Further details regarding the virtual assessment day (including the link to access the event) will be provided by email approximately 2 weeks prior to the event

Duration

12 Months

Costs

PWDS Affiliated Trust
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£140
Non-PWDS Affiliated Trust:
£295

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