Medicines Optimisation Programme

The Medicines Optimisation Programme aims to develop pharmacy assistants, 2nd year pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technicians to work competently within local services. It is designed to have a positive impact on patient care and safety.

This programme has been developed to enhance skills and knowledge delivered in the workplace. It is at the employers discretion when a member of staff meets local standards to deliver a service and meet their job description. Successful completion of the programme will enhance a member of staffs knowledge and skills and demonstrate the competence standards outlined. 

The aim of this programme is not to standardise the detail of individual training as we recognise that delivery in individual work bases is diverse.  It does not attempt to prescribe one single model for the delivery of medicines optimisation - POD Assessments and Transcription for Supply and/or Medicines Reconciliation and Transcribing for Supply. Neither does it aim to include clinical knowledge.

This programme focuses on the assessment of skills required to provide medicines optimisation - POD Assessments and Transcribing for Supply and/or Medicines Reconciliation and Transcribing for Supply. Clinical knowledge is not covered, although it may be included in training delivered locally to support individual organisations.

This programme consists of two courses, each with two modules. Which course and module(s) a candidate undertakes will be determined by their job role. They may undertake both courses simultaneously or separately. A candidate may undertake module one and then module two or just undertake module two. 

The training for pharmacy staff to carry out their job roles to achieve medicines optimisation is work based supported by e-learning developed by HEE LaSE. Formative and summative assessment will be carried out in the workplace with summative assessments on-line and an OSCE for those who choose Medicines Reconciliation delivered by HEE LaSE. 

Course 1 - Patient’s Own Drugs (POD) Assessment and Transcribing for Supply
Course 2 - Medicines Reconciliation and Transcribing for Supply
Module 1. Patient’s Own Drugs (POD) Assessment 
Module 1. Medication Reconciliation
Module 2. Patient’s Own Drugs (POD) Assessment and Transcribing for Supply
Module 2. Medication Reconciliation and Transcribing for Supply
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