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A CPPE logoJanuary 19 2018

Applications for the next intake of the accuracy checking pharmacy technician course are being invited ahead of the course starting on February 5.

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education has been running a pilot of the scheme in London and the South East, and is now looking to recruit a second cohort of pharmacy technicians. Dedicated learning time is eight hours, but “as individuals need to develop their leadership skills and demonstrate accuracy checking competence consistently over time,” the programme requires 3-12 months to complete.

CPPE describes the programme as “a comprehensive learning package designed to develop the skills and knowledge of pharmacy technicians who work in a dispensary environment. It takes account of national standards and includes tasks that enable pharmacy technicians to demonstrate leadership. Successful completion of assessment leads to certification as an ACPT, qualifying the individual to undertake the final accuracy check of clinically screened, dispensed items autonomously.”

The ACPT programme comprises several elements:

  • pre-course learning and assessment;
  • six e-learning modules;
  • practice activities –1,000 item checking log, minimum of three reviews, leadership activities;
  • mid-point professional discussion with CPPE;
  • checking assessments – practice-based and online;
  • final review and sign off with education supervisor;
  • certification.

Funding is provided by Health Education England London and South East for eligible pharmacy technicians.

Links:
CPPE announcement      
CPPE Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programme information   

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