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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.


These work based learning modules provide a flexible approach with optional and core modules to enable staff to develop their skills and support their role in Medicines Optimisation. The training can be adapted to meet the requirements of different organisations.

This is a full programme of work which meets both regional and national standards of training and assessment. You will be supported by your assigned mentor and required to build a portfolio of evidence which will be assessed and verified before certificates are issued.

We have developed this training programme with regional and nationally accredited modules. The programme is delivered as e-learning modules and workbooks, as well as a study day, introductory and essential modules, three nationally accredited modules and a variety of optional module workbooks.

We have produced a series of e-learning modules covering: medicines management essentials, prescribing and supply, administration of medicines, safe handling of medicines, and calculating drug doses. If you experience any technical problems whilst using these modules please contact the eLearning Support Team at elearningsupport@yas.nhs.uk.

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 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.

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

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