The South West Accreditation for Pre and In-Process checking within Aseptic Services (PIPC) programme is managed by Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS). The programme is available across the South West, Wessex and Thames Valley regions.
The programme has been developed in line with the Nationally Recognised Competency Framework in order to provide the training and assessment of individuals who have been delegated the task of performing the pre and/or in-process checking of aseptically prepared items under the supervision of a pharmacist.
Primarily the training and assessment programme has been developed for appropriately trained pharmacy technicians but may also be used to accredit:
All technical services staff members must be given authorisation to participate in the assessment by the Accountable Pharmacist.
Standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be in place defining individual’s roles, responsibilities and duties.
Before entry onto the programme, applicants need to fulfil the following entry criteria:
The trainee must have:
The unit must be able to offer an appropriate workload to enable the candidate the opportunity to complete accreditation within at least one product type e.g. Centralised Intravenous Additives (CIVAs), Parenteral Nutrition (PN), Cytotoxics, Aseptic Preparation, and Radiopharmacy in technical services. Accreditation in other specialities will require additional evidence collection and competency assessment.
PWDS has designed the entry requirements to ensure that the PIPC trainee has sufficient experience and has developed attributes and attitudes to accept responsibility of the role.
The programme for Aseptic Preparation in non-licensed units, pre and in process checking includes:
The programme handbook gives further details about the structure and contents of the programme and assessment process. It can be accessed from this site, or is available in the file library of the e-portfolio.
The programme only deals with the pre process and in process checks within technical services. It is intended to be flexible, allowing trusts to implement it locally. Local standard operating procedures should be in place and GMP/QA systems should be adhered to at all times.
Portfolio Templates April 2019