Aims of the 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 aim of the programme is to prepare trainees for a patient facing role by:
The South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme meets the standards of the National Framework for the Assessment of Medicines Management Skills and therefore provides a nationally recognised accreditation (in the relevant units 1 and 2.1).
The model of programme delivery was revised in April 2019 in order to improve the accessibility of the programme and a revised assessment method was introduced both with a view to improving trainee throughput to assist in meeting workforce requirements.
The South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme is separated into three levels:
Within the levels, the medicines optimisation role is divided into units as follows:
Unit 1.1 Manage Patient Medication
Unit 2.1 Medicines Reconciliation
Unit 2.2 Discharge Facilitation
Unit 3.1 Clinical Prioritisation
The programme has been designed to allow organisations to select units which apply to the present local work situation and also allow for service developments.
Once local agreement has been reached regarding which units the trainee will be undertaking, an on-line application form must be completed and submitted to PWDS.
The programme includes the following elements:
The training programme is available only to healthcare professionals who:
NB: For Pharmacy Assistants and pre-registration pharmacy technicians wishing to undertake unit 1 please see separate criteria
The following entry requirements for each level are designed to allow local selection of trainees with appropriate experience and suitability for the role:
Foundation as a Standalone unit
Unit 1 is open as a standalone for pharmacy assistants or pre-registration pharmacy technicians who are in a patient facing role or other healthcare professionals who are assessed as suitable to manage patient’s medication requirements in a patient facing/clinical area.
Pharmacy assistants or pre-registration pharmacy technicians wishing to apply should meet the following criteria:
Foundation and Intermediate
Units within the foundation and intermediate level are open to pharmacy technicians and other registered healthcare professionals. 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 from the Foundation and Intermediate levels concurrently and undertakes a combined training period for units 1 and 2. Trainee undertake a single final locally facilitated summative assessment interview for units 1 and 2
Trainee undertakes and completes unit 1 (Foundation) prior to proceeding to unit 2 (Intermediate). Trainee therefore completes locally facilitated summative assessment interview for unit 1 and a further assessment interview for unit 2.
This unit will be open to pharmacy technicians who:
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.
The programme handbook provides further details about the structure and content of the course and copies can be downloaded from this website. Trainees accepted onto the programme can access the portfolio templates in word format in the file library in their e-portfolio on VQ manager
For further information contact:
Learning Pathways and Portfolio Documents
Trainees and Educational Supervisors will be provided with a learning pathway (LP) on application that is bespoke to the trainee's application. These learning pathways combine all the training resources and templates necessary to complete the training programme. If you need access to a learning pathway please contact the relevant training programme director.