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Accuracy Checking Medicines

Accuracy Checking Medicines is a critical skill for all people handling medicines, whether it is in the assembly, dispensing, production, checking, release or administration process. Skills for Health have a national standard of work, PHARM282016 which can be used by any professional group and we have developed training resources to meet this standard. Find out more below.

There are two frameworks available from NHS Pharmacy Education Development Committee (NHS PEDC) which have been adopted by Yorkshire and the Humber and adapted for use by the School of Medicines Optimisation to assist in the training and development of staff involved in accuracy checking. These are:

            The Nationally Recognised Framework for Final Accuracy Checking of Dispensed Items (ACT)
            The Nationally Recognised Framework for Accreditation of Pre- and In-Process Checking within Technical Services (PIPC)


ACT

Nationally Recognised Competency Framework: Final Accuracy Checking of Dispensed Items (ACT) 

This framework is currently approved through Yorkshire and the Humber Chief Pharmacists and a module is commissioned through University of Huddersfield for programme delivery. It is intended as guidance as a minimum standard in training staff undertaking the final accuracy check of dispensed items and follows the Nationally Recognised Framework for Final Accuracy Checking of Dispensed Items.

For the ACT programme you will need:

PIPC

Nationally Recognised Framework for Accreditation of Pre- and In-Process Checking within Technical Services (PIPC)

This framework will assist in the training and development of staff as accredited pre and in process checkers. The training programme includes attendance on a study day. It is intended as guidance as a minimum standard in training staff undertaking accuracy checking in aseptic services and follows the Nationally Recognised Framework for Accreditation of Pre and In-Process Checking within Technical Services.

For the PIPC programme you will need:

Further Information

Essential: Errors Process and Re-accreditation Guidance (for both programmes)

Managers may also require: ACT Training Placement Self Assessment Audit, and ACT Assessment Guidance Notes For Managers

If you have any queries please email the team at: medicinesoptimisation.yh@hee.nhs.uk

NHS PEDC

For more information on national and accredited frameworks developed by NHS Pharmacy Education and Development Committee, including accuracy checking and medicines management

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