A nationally accredited course A nationally accredited course

About the Course

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 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 regional 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

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum entry requirements are:

  • Registration as a Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Employment in a medicines management role.
  • A recommendation from the Senior Pharmacy Manager or designated Deputy to undertake the Programme.

However, this course is also open to pharmacy assistants who:

  • Have a written recommendation from the Chief Pharmacist
  • Are working in a patient facing, ward based role


Prior to attending the study day, all candidates should:

  • Have been assigned a suitably qualified Educational Supervisor* 
  • Be familiar with local Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to the medicines management role in which they will be working
  • Have completed a full induction into the area where they will be working with a suitably experienced Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician who is accredited in medicines management or has equivalent experience at the practice base to be acknowledged as occupationally competent

*Educational Supervisors must be on the UEA approved list.  All new Educational Supervisors are required to complete the Educational Supervisor Training Package.

Online training day

Wednesday 30th September 2020


Pharmacy Technicians wishing to register for the Programme should do so via the link to the UEA Application Form below:

UEA Application Form

On entering the site you will be prompted to create a user account and then select 'Professional Development Applications' to apply for the course

Contact Us

For further information, please email: Sharon Walker or Kate Cannon, Regional Specialist Education & Training Pharmacy Technicians