A look at creating competent pharmacy technicians with the NPA's new BTEC Level 3 Diploma
The NPA’s new course to train pharmacy technicians will equip them to free up pharmacists’ time and make them confident members of the pharmacy team.
The new BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians, which has replaced the existing NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills, aims to give students a more practical experience in their learning.
The NPA’s course, which is accredited by the GPhC and Pearson, will meet the GPhC’s updated Initial Education and Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians and is available throughout the UK.
Adrienne Horrocks, Learning and Development Pharmacist at the NPA, who helped create the content, says pharmacy technicians will develop the “fundamental skills and underpinning knowledge” that is required to become competent in their role.
“They’ll understand the appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours they need to succeed in their job role and help facilitate the long-term success of their organisation,” says Adrienne.
“In addition, as the course will be integrated and most of the new GPhC standards involve ‘doing’, technicians will be encouraged to demonstrate their learning in everyday situations – shaping them to act independently and consistently.”
The new BTEC Level 3 course also qualifies learners to work as accuracy checking technicians and equips them with leadership skills without any need for further separate training, making them a more valuable instant resource within the pharmacy.
“Having a highly skilled pharmacy technician in the pharmacy can free up the pharmacist’s time to concentrate on delivering better patient care,” says Adrienne.
The main differences with the previous course is that the new course is fully integrated, comprising 22 books covering both knowledge and skills. Previously, students had to go through 20 knowledge-based modules and 17 competency-based units.
Adrienne says: “Another new element of this course is that NPA assessors will carry out live observations of the student’s skills in the pharmacy workplace. Recruitment of additional external assessors to facilitate the face-to-face assessments will also take place to ensure the students stay on track with the schedule of learning.”
For information about how to enrol pharmacy staff on the course, please call 01727 800 402 or email [email protected].