The use of patients’ own drugs (PODs) is widespread within healthcare organisations in the UK. It has been shown to have a beneficial effect on medicines wastage and drug expenditure and also, facilitates the transfer of patients between care settings.
The UEA Medicines Management Skills Programme has been developed to meet the standards of the Nationally Agreed Framework for Medicines Management, and is therefore a nationally recognised accreditation.
Module 1 develops the skills and competency of Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants determining the suitability of PODs for use.
Module 2 focuses on developing skills and competency to order medicines, and identify and resolve risks associated with the supply of medicines. It therefore covers skills such as the ability to recognise inappropriate use of medicines and missed doses, and also covers effective waste management through correct storage conditions.
It may suit your workplace to undertake both modules at the same time; however, there may be instances where only one of the modules needs to be undertaken.
The course is delivered using a blended learning delivery method, consisting of e-learning, face-to-face teaching and the collection of workplace evidence.
To complete the course, candidates are required to:
- Complete e-learning packages
- Attend a virtual study day
- Build a portfolio of evidence, including a log of 100 correctly checked PODs (Module 1) and a log of 100 correctly transcribed items (Module 2)
- Undertake and reflect on five holistic observations per module
- Complete an external review