Dispensing Assistant Level 2 Equivalent

Type of Study
Online, Paper
Pharmacy Support Staff
Study Time
12 months
Online Course Cost
£150 (Exc VAT)
Paper Course Cost
£195 (Exc VAT)
Entry Criteria
Staff working either part or full time in a pharmacy or pharmacy department
Course Overview

The Dispensing Assistant Course (Level 2 Equivalent) is intended for staff working either part or full time in a dispensary requiring training in basic procedures and legal issues. This course covers the use of reference books, receipt, assembly and delivery of the prescription, working in the pharmacy team, law and ethics, the drug tariff, dispensing errors, medicines for veterinary use and customer service.

This course meets the GPhC minimum training requirements for dispensing assistants / pharmacy assistants.

How will this course benefit me?

The Dispensing Assistant Course develops confidence in the dispensary and provides in-depth knowledge and assessment of competence in customer service, teamwork, health and safety, assembly and supply of prescribed medicines and the ordering, receipt and storage of pharmaceutical stock. There are additional alternative optional modules available for learners working in hospitals.

How is the course delivered?

All our courses are delivered by blended learning. This course benefits from a dedicated website where learners can view and download course materials and complete tests on-line with immediate feedback. Of course, you can still choose the paper-based version and submit homework by post if preferred. The course consists of 12 modules, and workbooks to be signed by the responsible pharmacist or senior pharmacy technician.

Additional modules are available for learners working in aseptics. Unit route options are also available on request.

The Course Content
Module 1
Working in the Pharmacy Team

You will learn about the pharmacy team, the NHS, the importance of Standard Operating Procedures and the interaction between pharmacy and other organisations.

Module 2
Communicating with Pharmacy Customers

Here you'll consider customer care and how to communicate effectively.

Module 3
Law, Regulations and Health and Safety within the Pharmacy

This module covers the laws relating to medicines, poisons and health and safety.

Module 4
Receiving a Prescription

This module covers the requirements for a prescription, how to understand what is written on one , procedures and records related to them as well as actions to take if the prescription is not valid.

Module 5
The Drug Tariff

This useful resource gives you all the information you need to calculate how you will be paid for supplying a prescribed medicine and how to endorse prescriptions. This module guides you how to use it.

Module 6
Controlled Drugs

Here you will learn about the requirements for storage and records for Controlled Drugs.

Module 7

Here you will gain a working knowledge of common calculations required in the pharmacy.

Module 8
Assembling a Prescription

This module covers assembly of a prescription, storage and labelling and the key points to remember.

Module 9
Giving Out a Prescription and Patient Counselling

Here you will learn about your role when issuing prescribed medicines and how and who to refer to when necessary.

Module 10
Ordering, Receiving, Storing and Issuing Stock

Effective pharmaceutical stock management is essential for the safe supply of medicines and you will learn about how you can contribute to an effective service

Module 11
Medicines for Veterinary Use

Veterinary medicines can be supplied through a pharmacy and you will learn about the special legislation and reference sources required.

Module 12
Dispensing Errors

Sadly dispensing errors occur, but having an awareness of the common types of errors and their causes help the pharmacy staff to reduce the risk. Here you'll learn about risk assessment and the importance of recording errors - those that reach the patient and those that don't.


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