Learning and Development

Date: Monthly updates from Learning and Development
May 2022 The NPA’s 2022 Vaccination training & PGD programme is open for bookings

We are pleased to partner with ECG Training again this year to deliver our programme, which is now open for you to purchase training and PGDs. Highlights appear below:

  • 2021 prices maintained with an extended range

We have kept the favourable member pricing from 2021 plus we have introduced new training and PGD options. Find out more here.

  • Flu vaccination training and PGDs

We are offering seven different packages with a variety of training available. Our full face-to-face training and refresher training options come with the Flu eTool PGD included. View Flu packages

  • What’s new for 2022?

Our additions include an Unlimited Clinic PGD package, Clinical Assessment, training, two Travel Health training options plus new non-vaccination PGDs. Learn more about 2022 additions.

To download our brochure, find out about our Travel, vaccination and non-vaccination PGDs and see how to enrol, visit our dedicated page here.


Mock exam – Calling all trainee pharmacists …. practise for your summer assessment

The NPA’s eLearning mock exam is now open for any external trainee pharmacists wishing to practise for their assessment this summer. It is suitable for trainees sitting the GPhC and PSNI assessments.

The price including a free handbook is £60 (inc. VAT). Find out more here.


2022/23 Foundation training programme ….. coming soon

We have added new elements to the programme that commences in September for the 2022/23 cohort – but our pricing remains unchanged.

Keep an eye on your inbox, as we’ll be launching the programme very soon ……..

April 2022 NPA’s Mock Exam is open for enrolments

Open for enrolments from external trainee pharmacists, our Mock exam allows students to practise for their assessment this summer.

The eLearning mock exam is suitable for trainees sitting the GPhC and PSNI assessments. It costs £50 ex VAT and students will be required to pay online by debit/credit card when submitting the enrolment form.

More details on what is included in the Mock Exam and how to enrol can be found here


NEW L&D resources for your students

We have recently published new resources, as follows:

  • Addendums – Drug Tariff changes: If you have a student who enrolled onto the paper Dispensary assistant or Medicines counter and dispensing courses prior to 7th March, 2022, as their supervisor you will need to manually amend the MCQ questions before your student sits the assessment. Download the new addendums here
  • FAQs for new blended L2 courses: To support the launch of our new style Level 2 GPhC accredited courses and the blended format replacing our paper courses, we have created a set of FAQs – you can download them here
  • FAQs and top tips for Accuracy checking for dispensers course: These will help our students and any dispensers considering the course. They can be viewed on the course page here


Do you have a part-time, weekend or summer job which would be suitable for a pharmacy student?

The NPA is working closely with universities and championing the role played by community pharmacists. We need to highlight to students why community pharmacy, and in particular the independent sector, should be considered as part of their career pathway.

Pharmacy students are being made aware that job vacancies and foundation trainee posts are advertised on the NPA website. You can place a vacancy by completing an online form which can be found here.

January 2022 NEW Learning & Development video

We have launched a new video in which Louise Baglole, Director of Professional Services and Development, highlights the transformation within the L&D over the last two years.

Please take a couple of minutes to see how our training programmes have moved on – you can view them here.


NEW Guidance videos for BTEC students
We are pleased to announce a series of bite-sized instructional videos for our students on the BTEC Diploma Level 3.

Combined with our assessor-led support, the videos will strengthen the resources students can access whilst become a reference point for common questions. We have produced 11 videos that cover specific functions on VQ manager, uploading certificates and assignments and so on.

The videos are available to view 24/7 and can be accessed via this link.


Kickstart – urgent actions to take to secure a Kickstarter before scheme closes……

If you still have an approved vacancy for a Kickstarter – please act now to fill your vacancy and ensure you don’t lose your funding.

As the scheme is drawing to an end on 31st March, should you still wish to offer an opportunity to a young person and claim funding through the scheme you need to take action now.

Please read the update dated 18 January 2022 on our website which provides you with a list of the key actions you need to take as soon as possible. You can access the update via the ‘click here’ link towards the top of this page.


Final call for HLC promotion – don’t miss out

Our promotion offers a 50% reduction on the HLP Leadership training when the eLearning Healthy Living Champion course is purchased at the same time closes on 31.1.22.

If you have a staff member to train up as a Healthy Living Champion this year and another who is ready for leadership training, why not enrol them at the same time and benefit from the reduction while it is available.

More details and the special enrolment form can be found here.