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inhaler 250x163January 7 2015

The Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education has issued two new e-learning packages - one on repeat dispensing and one on inhaler technique. The CPPE has also updated its Apps for Pharmacy Guide.

The Repeat Dispensing e-learning programme has been designed to reflect that the repeat dispensing service has evolved to include electronic repeat dispensing. It aims to support community pharmacists to:

•    provide a safe and efficient repeat dispensing service
•    explain repeat dispensing and its benefits to patients and prescribers
•    use paper-based as well as electronic repeat dispensing.

The programme follows the announcement in the autumn of 2014 that there will be a new requirement in the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for pharmacies to give advice to appropriate patients about the benefits of the repeat dispensing service.

PSNC has commented: “This requirement is due to be implemented in the community pharmacy contractual framework 2014-15 - PSNC is currently waiting for confirmation of when the Terms of Service will be amended to include this requirement.

“However, completion of the course will help ensure pharmacists and their teams are fully up to date on the repeat dispensing service when the changes are made to the Terms of Service.”

The new e-learning programme on inhaler technique is designed to make health professionals think about how familiar they are with the different types of inhaler devices that are now available for prescription medicines, and what advice they should be giving patients.

‘Inhaler technique for health professionals: getting it right’ includes interactive activities and videos. “It has been commissioned by North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) to develop a consistent, whole system approach to improve inhaler use and outcomes in respiratory conditions,” says CPPE.

“NECS is aiming to increase the number of healthcare professionals who have undergone training to train and assess patients’ inhaler technique by providing access to training that is robust, evidence-based and readily accessible.”

The programme has had industry support with sponsorship from Almirall, Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and Napp.

The updated ‘Apps for pharmacy’ guide for download includes a list of apps the CPPE considers useful for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. “We've updated the guide to include new apps and we've added icons so you can quickly see if apps are available for Apple or Android devices or both,” says CPPE.

It has listed the health apps in three groups:

•    apps to use as a source of information for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
•    apps that might help in consultations with patients
•    apps which can be used to support a patient’s healthy lifestyle.

A number of the descriptions in the guide are taken from iTunes, it adds. “Some of the apps have been recommended by CPPE tutors but none of them are endorsed by CPPE.”

Links:

CPPE repeat dispensing programme announcement

CPPE inhaler technique programme announcement

CPPE Apps for pharmacy announcement

PSNC comments

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