The South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme 2019 version

Programme and Assessment Booking

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:

  • outlining the medicines optimisation roles
  • describing the infra-structure 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

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 Programme

The South West Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme is separated into three levels:

  • Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • 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 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:

  • Underpinning knowledge essential to practice
  • Regional induction course (unit 3 only)
  • Local evidence collection and e-portfolio building
  • Underpinning knowledge to develop practice
  • Practice development day (units 1 & 2)
  • Regular reviews with the Educational Supervisor
  • Local competency based assessments
  • Local and regional portfolio assessment
  • Summative assessment (local/external depending on unit)
  • Certificate of achievement

 

Entry Criteria

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)

NB: For Pharmacy Assistants and pre-registration pharmacy technicians wishing to undertake unit 1 please see separate criteria

  • 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
  • Demonstrates a good working knowledge of local Standard Operating Procedures to the Chief Pharmacist and Educational Supervisor

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:

  • Have at least 6 months experience working within the organisation in which they will be taking on a patient facing role
  • Provided evidence of completion of the following level 2 NVQ Units:
    • Assemble prescribed items (206)
    • Undertake an in-process accuracy check of assembled prescribed items prior to the final accuracy check (314)
    • Maintain pharmaceutical stock (312)
    • Have recommendation and support from the Chief Pharmacist or designated deputy
  • Will have a patient facing role
  • 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
  • Demonstrates a good working knowledge of local Standard Operating Procedures to the Chief Pharmacist and Educational Supervisor

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:

Combined Pathway

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

Staged Pathway

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.

Advanced

This unit will be open to pharmacy technicians who:

  • Have been accredited in unit 2 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 SW Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation Training Programme Director on a case by case basis.

Further information

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:

Training Programme Director for Unit 1 and 2 SWPMOTP kate.postle@nhs.net

Training Programme Director for Unit 3 SWPMOTP and GP Pharmacy Technician MOTP  mary.carter1@nhs.net

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. 

 

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