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a dispensary team imageJuly 18 2018

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK is questioning a survey on pharmacy technicians’ attitudes towards supervising the pharmacy in the absence of a pharmacist.

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has published initial findings from a survey with 143 responses from pharmacy technicians which indicated that: 

  • 86% of pharmacy technicians said they wouldn’t supervise Prescription Only Medicine (POM) sales in the absence of a pharmacist;
  • 80% wouldn’t supervise Pharmacy only (P) or General Sale List (GSL) medicines if a pharmacist wasn’t there;
  • 87% wouldn’t supervise other pharmacy staff in the absence of a pharmacist.

APTUK has now started that it will await publication of the full report prepared by the PDA, which it says it was not asked to participate in. However: “The reported data does not align with recent discussions that we have had with our members and our annual conference delegates.

“When we are in command of all of the report’s facts and figures, we will be engaging in discussion and will be strongly encouraging our members, pharmacy technicians and the whole pharmacy professional to do the same. Professionally responsible and sound conversation will ensure that everyone is aligned for the delivery of a safe and effective person-centred pharmacy service for the present and the future.”

PDA Chairman, Mark Koziol, has issued a statement further explaining why the PDA released the report. “This report seeks to set a sensible vision for the future development of pharmacist and pharmacy technician practice in community pharmacy in particular and it proposes ways in which this can be done,” he said.

“It has been published because, in recent years as the pressure upon the NHS has been increasing, the government has been looking at ways to improve the accessibility to healthcare in the UK, to meet the needs of the public. The government has been considering the unexploited possibilities that are available through skill mix and in community pharmacy, it has been placing emphasis on the greater utilisation of pharmacy technicians.”

Links:
APTUK statement         
PDA statement 
Today’s Pharmacist coverage of PDA survey       

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