The Accuracy Checking Course for Dispensing Assistants in Dispensing Doctors' Practices allows an appropriate skill-mix that will enhance the pharmaceutical care of the patient and utilise the knowledge and skills of the dispensing assistants more effectively. The scope of the course is to train dispensers to carry out the final check of listed dispensed items clinically approved by a pharmacist. It does not encompass aseptic dispensing, self checking or pre-packing. The framework is dependent upon Standard Operating Procedures being in place.
How will this course benefit me?
This course assists you to be able to perform a final check in the assembly process according to the Standard Operating Procedures in the practice.
How is the course delivered?
Following a short correspondence course the learner needs to complete a log of 1000 items which have been checked by the learner and then further checked by a designated facilitator who can be a checking technician or a pharmacist. This must be returned to Buttercups Training together with a reflective log of any errors made. The facilitator must complete a minimum of two reviews of the learner's progress.
On successful completion you will begin your probationary period. Up until the probationary period all your checking will have been subject to a further check. At the beginning of the probationary period your checking should continue to be double checked, but over the two week period the extent of this should decline so that eventually you will assume full responsibility for the checking of any listed dispensed items.
Our re-accreditation statement is included in the course and should be sent in two years following certification.
You are required to complete the following correspondence course before undertaking the work-based checking activity:
Different types of prescriptions, details required and types of prescribers
This section examines the common causes of dispensing errors
Here you will learn about the psychological reasons that cause errors to occur
This studies the importance of monitoring errors and using risk management models to identify the potential for errors
You'll look at the standard operating procedures that ensure the accuracy of the dispensing and checking process
Your qualification must be re-accredited every 2 years. You and your facilitator must complete the re-accreditation statement included in your course and forward this to Buttercups Training along with your CPD portfolio and reflective log of checking errors from the past two years (re-accreditation fee £36.00).