PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN FINAL ACCURACY CHECKING WITHIN TECHNICAL SERVICES - LEVEL 4 BTEC

Duration: 12 Months*
Level: Level 4
Last Updated: 06-01-20

This is a course designed to train Pharmacy Technical Services Technicians to carry out final/accuracy checking of prescribed medications. Accreditation is by BTEC as a Level 4 qualification.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Week 1: Introduction/Portfolio Building & Technical Services Dispensing Roles & Protocols.
Week 2: Technical Services Requests & Checking of Technical Services Products.
Week 3: Errors and Exceptions & Communication Skills.

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

Experienced Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians facilitate the student training sessions and assist with the Mentor training sessions. Each training session involves worksheets, handouts and discussions.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

  • You must attend all 3 training days (6 workshops).
  • You must check 1000 items within one product type that are second checked at the base pharmacy. A written record must be kept of this process and all errors detected or missed must be recorded. Up to 2 minor but no major errors may be missed in the 1000 items otherwise the student must start again with a new 1000 items. Only two attempts are allowed at the 1000 items before a repeater session must be attended.
  • A final practical test, consisting of 10 worksheets (10 to 20 items), set by the base pharmacy and deliberately produced with errors, must be checked and all the errors must be found. Only two attempts are allowed at the test before a repeater session must be attended.
  • A portfolio of evidence must be submitted to satisfy the performance criteria of syllabus.
  • Completion of Internal and External Verification.
  • Assessment is based on the National Framework for Final Accuracy Checking within Aseptic Services.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Successful completion of this course will enhance your professional qualifications and future job prospects.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Please Note: The work base unit must be able to offer an appropriate workload to enable the candidate the opportunity to complete accreditation within at least one product type, e.g. Centralised Intravenous Additive (CIVA), Parenteral Nutrition (PN), Cytotoxics, Aseptic Preparation, and Radiopharmacy in technical services. Accreditation in other specialities will require additional evidence collection and competency assessment.

A workplace mentor is required to support the student throughout the programme. Mentor training is provided at Preston’s College free of charge.

*The course lasts for approximately 12 months and includes 3 days attendance at College.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must be a Registered Pharmacy Technician and have two years’ experience as a qualified technical services technician with at least six months in current technical services unit. They must also have the recommendation and support from the Senior Pharmacy Manager/Chief Pharmacist.

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