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Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy

Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy

Bridging the Gap

Are you looking for your first step into the world of pharmacy?

OR

Are you a Pharmacy looking for the best way to bring Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (PTPT’s) into your business?

We’ve got the answer you’re looking for

Our ‘Bridging the Gap’ Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy is a funded pharmacy specific training programme that runs for 10 weeks for 1 day per week. The Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy training programme will fast-track learners to an interview with an employer, whilst giving them an understanding of what it means to be a PTPT and the important part they play in healthcare.  

For recruiting employers it offers the opportunity to bring new talent and skills into the business.

Employers will have access to candidates that have successfully completed the Bridging the Gap - Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy.

Learner’s that are successful at interview stage are eligible to proceed onto a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (Integrated) Apprenticeship. 

 

Eligibility:

To be eligible to take part in a Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy, you must be:

Employers:

  • A pharmacy business / NHS Trust
  • Have suitable job role/s available
  • Based in Greater Manchester
  • Offer progression opportunities  

 

Learners:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Live in Greater Manchester
  • Want to work in the pharmacy sector
  • Willing to participate in a training programme  

Important information for Learners:

  • You will need to be available for the full 10 week duration of the Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy (1 day per week, 6 hours per day) – course dates will be confirmed upon enrolment
  • You will need access to a laptop or tablet and the ability to access Microsoft Teams
  • Four of the training sessions will take place face-to-face within the Greater Manchester area
  • Whether online via Microsoft Teams or face-to-face in person we expect you to be ready to begin your weekly training sessions promptly (start time will be 09.30am)
  • Each session will last 6 hours including a 30 minute lunch break. You will be expected to be active during the whole teaching session
  • Travel expenses can be claimed up to a maximum value of £20 (travel receipts will need to be provided) 

 

For more information on Skills Bootcamps in Pharmacy, call the team on 0161 5379623 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

What the course contains:

Welcome to the Skills Bootcamp in Pharmacy – Bridging the Gap.  This first session will give participants more information on the modules and content that will be covered during the programme. Plus, the learning outcomes once the course has been completed.  

The session will give further information on what it is like to work as a Pharmacy Technician. Including the roles that Pharmacy Technicians carry out within the Pharmacy and the responsibilities that come with the position. 

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the regulator for Pharmacies, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians in Great Britain. We’ll cover the Standards that they set out for Pharmacy Professionals, so participants will understand how the profession is governed. 

There are many laws and ethics around working in a Pharmacy, the session will cover these to enable participants to understand how they apply to the role of Pharmacy Technician.

Session two continues with the broad topics of personal effectiveness, self-awareness, and self-management. These key topics will support participants understand how Pharmacy Technicians need to manage their own personal effectiveness and development within a Pharmacy setting to enable them to support patients. 

A Pharmacy Technician can be employed  in many different sectors, community, retail, NHS, and Justice to name a few. There will be information on the career path Pharmacy Technicians can take once qualified. 

Person-centred care is key to ensuring that patients receive the best care they need. This session explores what factors that influence the need for diverse, person-centred approaches and how to implement.

Coupled with person-centred care is communication in the workplace. Clear communication that gives patients and other healthcare professionals key information quickly is imperative in a Pharmacy setting.  

The final element of session three, is an overview of the science modules that are contained in the level 3 BTEC Diploma Principles & Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (Chemistry/Biology/Microbiology). This would be the apprenticeship that successful participants are likely to undertake once fully employed as a Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician.

Session four will introduce participants to the structure of cells, blood, and tissue that is present in the human body. There will be short assignments or a workbook to complete in this session with support and guidance from the skills tutor. 

Stock control is important in a Pharmacy, understanding seasonal and specific prescribing, maintenance of stock levels, expiry dates and safe storage, and transportation of medicines is an integral part of the day-to-day running of the Pharmacy.

The second half of the fifth session will take participants through the career of a Pharmacy Technician in a regional Pharmacy , managing a stores department or regional stores hub. How no two days are ever the same, and some of the roles that they could be undertaking if they’re successful on the programme and progress onto the Level 3 Pharmacy Technician apprenticeship. 

 

Pharmacy Technicians play a key role in the accurate dispensing of medicines. It’s  essential for patient safety that this is done correctly following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Session six will cover the principles of safe dispensing of medicines and the role that Pharmacy Technicians play. 

This session will give participants a broad overview of the role of Pharmacy Technicians including Primary Care and community/retail settings. It will enable participants to see the differences and similarities of the role within the wider Pharmacy sector. 

We will also cover Aseptic services, the preparation of injectable medicines into ready-to-administer formats for patients in sterile environment.

Session eight will outline basic information on how some medicines work inside the human body. Understanding how medicines interact with the human body is imperative considering medication options  with patients. 

In part 3 of the medicine journey participants will learn about issuing medicines, how it is done, and some of the checks that will need to be carried out. 

Counselling skills will also be discussed in this session, whilst counselling is a specific skill, Pharmacy Technicians may need to discuss potentially difficult situations with patients and will need an understanding of how to approach sensitive issues.

During the final session the skills tutor will recap the course, encourage reflection, answer any participant questions relating to course content, and gather individual learner feedback. 

Included in this session are interview skills and next steps.

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