Level 2 NVQ in Pharmacy Service Skills (No GPhC Registrant Supervision)

Type of Study
Online, Paper
Category
Pharmacy Support Staff
Study Time
12 months
Course Overview

The competency units for the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills provide Dispensing Assistants with skills regarding legal aspects and procedures within a dispensary. This course covers use of reference books, interpretation and validation of the prescription, law and ethics, the Drug Tariff, compliance and concordance and dispensing errors.

How will this course benefit me?

This course develops confidence in the dispensary and provides in-depth knowledge and assessment of competence in meeting individuals’ needs, teamwork, health and safety, preparation and issuing of prescribed medicines and the ordering, receipt and storage of pharmaceutical stock.

How is the course delivered?

All our courses are delivered by blended learning. This course benefits from a dedicated ePortfolio where learners with internet access can record accounts of real life working experiences to be witnessed by a workplace pharmacist or pharmacy technician. For dispensaries without access to a registered pharmacist or pharmacy technician, Buttercups will provide workplace visits.

The Course Content
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Assist with the provision of a pharmacy service to meet individuals’ needs

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Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety

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Contribute to the effectiveness of teams

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Assemble prescribed items

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Assist in the issuing of pharmaceutical stock

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Assist in the issuing of prescribed items

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Receive prescriptions from individuals

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Receive pharmaceutical stock

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Maintain pharmaceutical stock

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Undertake an in-process accuracy check of assembled prescribed items prior to the final accuracy check

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Order routine pharmaceutical stock

Expert Witness

Access to an Expert Witness is required in order for a learner to undertake the course. This can be provided by Buttercups Training if you enrol on this programme.

Their role is to observe the learner in the workplace undertaking tasks required to demonstrate competency against various Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria within the Pharmacy Services Skills Programmes. They are not responsible for assessing evidence against the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria. The evidence of competency provided by the Expert Witness observations is holistically assessed by the learner's allocated Assessor at Buttercups Training.

An expert witness must meet the requirements below to be eligible to undertake the role:

  • Registered Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician
  • Must be occupationally competent in areas that they are observing
  • Must complete a short induction with Buttercups - this will involve accessing reference materials via a dedicated website, and then taking a short on-line test