Purpose

This course is written and designed to enable registered technicians to undertake the final accuracy check on dispensed prescriptions competently in line with the pharmacy’s own standard operating procedures (SOPs). As part of the course, learners are independently assessed and accredited by NPA Assessors to undertake this highly responsible role, thereby giving our members the peace of mind to fully optimise skill mix within the pharmacy team.

Outcomes

  • Build the confidence and competency of the trainee ACT on accuracy checking dispensed prescriptions which have been pre-approved by a pharmacist
  • Develop the trainee ACT’s professional awareness of pharmacy practice including the legal and ethical implications surrounding the role of an ACT
  • Independent assessment of checking skills in a simulated pharmacy environment
  • An Accuracy Checking Technician (ACT) frees up time for the pharmacist to offer patient-centred care by focusing on service provision, medicines management and optimisation.
  • Reduced risk of dispensing-related incidents as ACTs will be accuracy checking items labelled and dispensed by another individual.
  • GPhC registered pharmacy technicians are not required to re-accredit every two years. All other accredited accuracy checkers will require continuous re-accreditation via a reassessment portfolio every two years.

Having an accuracy checker has revolutionised our lives! It allows me and the other pharmacists to get on with our job and not get bogged down in the dispensing

Barkerhouse Pharmacy

Suitability

This course is written and designed for Pharmacy Technicians registered with the GPhC.

Delivery

This portfolio-based course consists of:

  • Complete learning resources
  • Practice-based checking activities
  • Structured learning assessment questions, activities and reflective exercises
  • Monthly appraisals with the supervising pharmacist

The material for this course includes separate guides for the tutor and the trainee. The tutor pack is used to support the tutor on what to expect from the course and the trainee. The trainee pack covers the following:

  • An introduction to the role of an ACT
  • The importance of standard operating procedures
  • Information on patient confidentiality
  • The legal and ethical implications of the role of an ACT
  • Assignments and reflective exercises
  • Guidance on how to build a portfolio evidencing ongoing accuracy checking
  • Dealing with dispensing and checking errors appropriately
  • The importance of proactively approaching errors in minimising risk to patients
  • Regular reviews with the tutor in the form of appraisals
  • The structure of the final assessment
  • Re-assessment and ongoing development – if applicable

Assessment

This course can take between 3 – 12 months to complete.

The trainee will have to submit a portfolio of evidence which must include:

  • Answers to the written assignments and reflective exercises
  • Evidence of consecutively accuracy checking a minimum of 1000 items over a minimum of three months, double-checked by the tutor
  • Monthly appraisals with the tutor
  • Evidence the ability of maintaining patient confidentiality

The trainee will have to evidence their competency in the form of a final assessment which includes:

  • A practical accuracy checking assessment at an external venue
  • An interview with NPA assessor(s)

Face-to-face assessments are delivered at a variety of venues

Upon submission of a satisfactory portfolio of evidence and successful completion of the final assessment, an ‘indefinite’ certificate for accuracy checking will be provided to GPhC registered pharmacy technicians. All other accredited accuracy checkers will receive a two year certificate for accuracy checking and instructions on renewal.

The course price allows for up to two attempts at the final assessment. Thereafter a reassessment fee of £90 + VAT will be applicable.

Qualification

Certification from the NPA.

Duration

3 - 12 months

Start Date

Applications accepted throughout the year

Course Fee

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Member
£279 + VAT

Non-Member
£418.50 + VAT

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