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SkillsforHealthMarch 2 2016

The revised Pharmacy National Operating Standards for pharmacy technicians and dispensing assistants have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Skills for Health has published the new NOS which describe the activities undertaken by dispensary staff and required standards. A tracking document listing the revised NOS “also provides useful signposting to other NOS which could be appropriate for pharmacy technicians or pharmacy or dispensing assistants which are outside the core pharmacy activities undertaken by these roles,” said SfH.

“With the General Pharmaceutical Council’s review of the education and training standards for pharmacy technicians underway, the revised NOS can now be used as a starting point for re-development of the qualifications by the Awarding Organisations once the GPhC has published the updated education and training standards for pharmacy technicians.”

The titles of the revised competences are:

  • Assist with the provision of a pharmacy service to meet individual needs
  • Provide an effective and responsive pharmacy service
  • Process pharmaceutical queries
  • Provide advice on symptoms and the actions and uses of medicines
  • Assist in the sale of medicines and products
  • Receive prescriptions from individuals
  • Confirm prescription validity
  • Assemble prescribed items
  • Issue prescribed items
  • Prepare extemporaneous medicines for individual use
  • Order pharmaceutical stock
  • Receive pharmaceutical stock
  • Maintain pharmaceutical stock
  • Issue pharmaceutical stock
  • Assist in the manufacture and assembly of medicinal products
  • Manufacture and assembly of medicinal products
  • Prepare aseptic products
  • Prepare aseptic products and carry out in-process checking
  • Prepare documentation, materials and other items for manufacture and assembly of medicinal products
  • Prepare documentation, materials and other items for the preparation of aseptic products
  • Assist in the preparation of documentation, materials and other items for manufacture and assembly of medicinal products
  • Check documentation, starting materials, components and other consumables for the production of aseptic products
  • Provide an effective service in a setting outside the pharmacy
  • Assist in the supply of appliances
  • Process prescriptions for payment
  • Undertake an in-process accuracy check of assembled prescribed items prior to the final accuracy check
  • Undertake the final accuracy check of dispensed medicines and products
  • Assist in the issuing of prescribed items

The NOS for Pharmacy were first developed in 2005. The latest review and revision process began in April 2015, and involved public consultation last summer. “Responses from the consultation were reviewed by the project Working Group and the NOS were amended during the autumn. The final Working Group was held in January 2016 where the final NOS were agreed,” said SfH.

Links:

Skills for Health announcement

Pharmacy NOS Project Information Bulletin

Pharmacy NOS Review context document and signposting to NOS

APTUK announcement

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