CPPE Corner: Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programmes

CPPE Corner: Accuracy checking pharmacy technician programmes

July 4, 2019

The Centre of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has a new programme to help further develop the skills and expertise of pharmacy technicians. We spoke to Joanne Nevinson, Lead Pharmacy Technician at CPPE, to find out more.

Our Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme is designed to support pharmacy technicians develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to safely and effectively provide the final accuracy check of dispensed medicines and products.

The programme develops leadership skills in order to supervise the work of others, support the team and drive performance, as well as enabling you to develop skills that contribute to the learning
of others following the identification of dispensing errors. Our ACPT programme directs you to exercise professional judgement in making decisions and prioritising and delegating work.

What does the programme involve?

The ACPT programme is a comprehensive package which offers a blended approach to learning including resources for self-directed study, e-learning, practice-based activities, professional discussion and comprehensive assessment. Throughout the programme, you will collect a portfolio of evidence using an online learning platform called Canvas.

Our ACPT programme provides you with support from a workplace-based education supervisor who you can meet with regularly, and who aims to support you to learn, develop and achieve competency in the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the responsibility of the accuracy checking pharmacy technician role.

The programme is flexible to suit different pharmacy settings and takes between 3-12 months to complete. The learning is trainee-led with support of a CPPE tutor throughout. The programme also provides an opportunity for revalidation activities to be completed, including a professional discussion with a CPPE tutor.

Who can apply?

The ACPT programme is open to pharmacy technicians in England who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

If you are interested in enrolling onto the ACPT programme, have a look at the Accuracy checking pharmacy technician pages on the CPPE website, where you will find lots more information, including the entry criteria and frequently asked questions: www.cppe.ac.uk/career/acpt

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