NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills

Ongoing support and resources from the NPA As of March 2020, the NPA is no longer taking new enrolments on the NVQ Level 3 Diploma course. However, this does not affect your studies in any way, as the NPA will continue to support you until you have completed the course. The addendum below lists the resources and support that are available to you. Download NVQ ongoing support addendum   Unit Guide There have been some changes to the way evidence is gathered for NVQ Level 3 portfolios. The NPA no longer requires you to send in supporting documentation with your witness testimonies (activity logs). This means that going forward you should not be sending in any prescription copies, labels, photos, SOPs, PILS, SPCs or any other documents, as evidence to support your logs. It is important that you read through this addendum as it should reduce significantly the documentation required within your portfolio.   Download NVQ Unit Guide Addendum   A number of changes have occurred since the publication of the Student Guide to the Units prior to 2017. The cover of this guide also reads: Competency-Based Units. It is important that you work through this addendum as it affects the work that you need to do for the qualification.…

Level 2 Courses

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 2 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text.

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Level 2 course materials. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text contained in the downloadable PDF below.   The Addendum applies to: Accredited Dispensing Assistant (ADAC) – Module 1 Medicines Counter Assistant (Interact) – Part A Delivering Medicines Safely and Effectively Introduction to Pharmacy Stock Control   In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text contained in the downloadable PDF below. Download Level 2 Courses Addendum      …

GDPR Addendum

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 2 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text.

This addendum relates to the law regarding data protection. Any references in the courses and modules below to data protection (including the Data Protection Act 1998) should be disregarded and the information contained in the downloadable GDPR Addendum PDF used instead.   It applies to the following courses and modules:   Accredited Dispensary Assistant Course (ADAC) – Modules 1, 2 and 3 Delivering Medicines Safely and Effectively Healthy Living Champion Course Medicines Counter Assistant (Interact) – Part A Introduction to Pharmacy Stock Control NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills – Modules 1, 2, 3, 5 and 20   It is important that you work through this addendum to ensure that your knowledge of the data protection law is up to date. Download GDPR Addendum    …

ADAC – Module 4: Pre-2017 Textbook (Northern Ireland)

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 4 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.

Module 4: The Drug Tariff – Northern Ireland A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 4 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.   Section 4: What to do When a Doctor Prescribes a Black Listed Item Your Module 4 textbook states: “Items not dispensed should be crossed through and endorsed ‘not dispensed’ on the prescription form.”   Please replace this with: “Items not dispensed should be coded as 88888/1 and the prescription should be placed in the amended bundle. N/D is no longer accepted as a code for not-dispensed items.”     Section 5: Items which can be Prescribed in Certain Circumstances Introduction Activity Regarding the first activity in this section, please remove “Cyanocobalamin Tablets” and “Treatment or prevention of Vitamin B12 deficiency”.     Section 13: Independent Prescribers Please replace this section with the following text: “Nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, physiotherapists and podiatrists/chiropodists may undertake a programme of approved training to become independent prescribers. Independent prescribers can prescribe as follows:   Pharmacist and nurse independent prescribers – can prescribe any medicine or appliance within their level of competence, including unlicensed, ACBS items and ‘SLS’ items, and medicines for ‘off-licence’/’off-label’ use.…

ADAC – Module 4: Pre-2017 Textbook (Scotland)

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 4 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.

Module 4: The Drug Tariff – Scotland A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 4 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.   Preceding Section 1: The Drug Tariff Scotland Please remove the following text from your Module 4 Textbook: “• A copy of the Black List*   *Available from Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) Tel: 0131 467 7766. These can also be downloaded from www.communitypharmacyscotland.org.uk.”   Preceding Section 1: Useful Websites Your Module 4 Textbook will state: “Community Pharmacy – maintained by Practitioner Services, a division of NHS National Services Scotland www.communitypharmacy.scot.nhs.uk   Practitioner Services – provide a range of services to support health professionals in Scotland www.psd.scot.nhs.uk/professionals/pharmacy”   Please change this to: “Practitioner Services Scotland, part of NHS National Services Scotland – provide services on behalf of Health Boards to support community pharmacies and other healthcare professionals delivering primary care across Scotland https://nhsnss.org/services/practitioner/pharmacy/”     Section 2: Forms Used in Scotland CPUS Please remove the following paragraph from your Module 4 Textbook: “All pharmacists in Scotland are paid an Unscheduled Care Payment to cover any additional work involved in such unscheduled care. The Unscheduled Care Payment is paid to pharmacies on a monthly basis and is dependent on the hours they are open for.”…

ADAC – Module 4: Pre-2017 Textbook (England and Wales)

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 4 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.

Module 4: The Drug Tariff – England and Wales A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 4 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.   Section 6: Quantity to be Supplied Please remove the following paragraph from your Module 4 Textbook:   “There are two types of pack for which allowance has been made with regard to quantity:”   Section 6: Half-Way Pack Rule Your Module 4 textbook will state:   “The half-way pack rule does not apply to oral liquid antibiotics. You are allowed to supply enough to cover the full course and will be paid as long as you endorse what you have supplied.”   Please change this to:   “The half-way pack rule does not apply to the reconstitution of certain granules/powders for oral suspensions, such as antibiotics; this is outlined in Part II, Clause 13 of the Drug Tariff. When the quantity reconstituted is unavoidably greater than the quantity prescribed, and the remainder has not been used for supplying against another prescription, payment will be based on the nearest number of packs that are dispensed, to ensure the patient can complete the full course of the medication prescribed.…

ADAC – Module 3: Pre-2017 Textbook

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 3 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text.

Module 3: Pharmacy law and ethics A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 3 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.   Section 1: Ethics Your Module 3 textbook will state: “Ethics are a written set of standards which must be followed by members of a profession.”   Please change this to: “Ethics are principles or rules of behaviour based on morality, rather than law.  Most professions have their own code of ethics which members are expected to follow.”     Section 7: Advanced Services Depending on the version of your Module 3 textbook, it will state either: “In England, there are five advanced services”; or, “There are currently four advanced services in England and Wales”   Please change this to: “In England, there are six Advanced Services: Medicines Use Review and Prescription Intervention Service New Medicine Service Stoma Appliance Customisation Appliance Use Review Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service   In Wales, there are four Advanced Services: Medicines Use Review and Prescription Intervention Service The Discharge Medicines Review Service Appliance Use Review Stoma Appliance Customisation”   Section 7: Advanced Services Regarding the national target groups for MURs conducted in Wales, your Module 3 textbook may state that there are four groups.…

ADAC – Module 2: Pre-2017 Textbook

A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 2 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text.

Module 2: Pharmacy practice and procedures A number of changes have occurred since the publication of your Module 2 textbook. In order to ensure that your knowledge is current, please read and implement the additional text below.   Section 1: Excipients (Additives) Colouring agents Please delete the highlighted text in the extract below, from your Module 2 textbook: “If you want to find out whether a medicine contains any colourant or additive, look it up in the BNF or in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC), under the list of excipients.”   Section 1: Strength and Formulation Your Module 2 textbook will state: “Look up Diltiazem in the BNF. Read the information under: standard formulations longer acting formulations”   Please change this to: “Look up diltiazem in the BNF. Read the information under ‘Prescribing and dispensing information’.”   Section 1: Creams Dilution of creams and ointments Your Module 2 textbook will state: “However, if you are asked to dilute a cream or ointment, remember that the diluted product should be used within a short time, usually 14 days or less, and labelled as such.”   Please change this to: “If you do dilute a cream or ointment, the diluted product should be used within a short time – as a guide, this is usually four weeks for creams and three months for ointments or less, and labelled as such.”…