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Work-based learning programmes

We have a number of work based learning programmes which are free to access and suitable for all staff.


The Medicines Optimisation Training Programme delivers quality training which enhances medicines optimisation knowledge and skills and supports professional behaviours. This has been developed working with multi-professional teams and pharmacy colleagues, both locally and across the UK.

The full programme offers introductory eLearning modules, key skills practice-based introductory workbooks, study days, and nationally recognised training and assessment modules as well as supplementary modules which will support the medicines workforce now and into the future.

This programme is open to all staff who meet the entry criteria. All candidates should be approved, nominated and supported by their managers and employer, assigned a mentor and have support from an educational supervisor to complete the full programme of training.

Please view and download the workbooks and modules you require with your assigned mentor or supervisor to start the training programme.

We have produced a programme of four medicines optimisation training modules covering: medicines optimisation essentials, understanding medicines supply, supporting patients to take their medicines and safe handling and reducing risks with medicines. This e-learning programme is suitable for all staff handling medicines, and those staff new to the management of medicines.

Our calculating drug doses module covers patient safety in medicines calculations and has a supporting workbook with a variety of practice calculations.

These modules are intended as a general and brief overview of patient safety and the management of risks. They look at legislation, the importance of following standard operational procedures, roles and responsibilities and medicines optimisation principles when handling medicines in care settings.

Each module focuses on a different topic, looking at how we keep patients safe and introduces the basic concepts of delivering an effective and safe medicines service to all staff new to the management of medicines.

These modules offer support for learning or revision along with a variety of extra learning materials, including case studies, activities, factsheets and reflective exercises.

 - Module 1: Medicines optimisation essentials
 - Module 2: Understanding medicines supply
 - Module 3: Supporting patients to take their medicines
 - Module 4: Safe handling and reducing risks with medicines
 - Calculating drug doses

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.

The Nationally Recognised Framework for 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.

Please download the module workbooks and documents you require to complete the training programme with your assigned mentor.

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.

The 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.

Please download the module workbooks and documents you require to complete the training programme with your assigned mentor.

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