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Information from Health Education England (HEE) about the new pharmacy technician qualification.

HEE have kindly shared their stakeholder briefing document on the new pharmacy technician qualification

APTUKs Response To The New Pharmacy Technician qualification consultation.

Invitation to contribute to APTUKs consultation response to the new pharmacy technician qualification.

APTUK gives position on PDA report

Following the PDAs announcement that they have written an in-depth 300 page report that assesses the current role and capabilities of Pharmacy Technicians in the UK, a further notice indicates that in March 2018 PDA undertook a survey of pharmacy technicians.

Plus One #APTUK18 Membership Challenge

At the APTUK Annual Conference in Glasgow on 17th June 2018, in her President’s Address, Tess Fenn described that never was there such an important time for pharmacy technicians, as fundamental members of the pharmacy team, to collectively rise to challenges and to take opportunities wherever possible. 

Consultation on draft qualification units for Pharmacy Technicians

In October 2017, The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) published revised Initial Education and Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians (IETs). These Standards will ensure that pharmacy technicians have the right knowledge and skills for current and future workforce requirements at point of registration with the GPhC.

Response to PDA

The PDA has written an in-depth report that assesses the current role and capabilities of Pharmacy Technicians in the UK. The 300-page document, which has taken 3 years to compile, highlights proposals to develop the roles of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and the skill mix required to meet patients' needs.

APTUK welcomes the launch of new government consultations

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a public consultation on two draft proposals, developed over a period of time by the Rebalancing Programme Board. The draft proposals relate firstly, to extending the defences for inadvertent preparation and dispensing errors already in place for pharmacy

NHSE Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes - Webinars

HS England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are hosting 4 webinars on 12, 19, 26 and 27 June to help pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, providers, STPs/ICSs and commissioners find out more about the 2018/19 Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme, funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

APTUK and PCPA working together to support the professional development of Pharmacy Technicians in Primary Care

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) and the Primary Care Pharmacy Association are working collaboratively together to support and promote the professional development of primary care pharmacy technicians.  APTUK and PCPA consider this to be in the best interest of their members, patients, the public, pharmacy and healthcare as a whole.

How to remove, save or print CPD records from up to date.org

Would you like to know how to remove, save or print CPD records from up to date.org?

APTUK Step up to Revalidation Newsletter – April 2018

APTUK aims to support its members now that the GPhC has introduced revalidation for pharmacy professionals and this second newsletter explains what you need to know to ‘Step up to Revalidation’

The long awaited New Dispensing Errors Legislation comes into force

The 16th of April 2018 marks the commencement of The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018. This marks a major step forward for pharmacy professionals, and APTUK hope that this new legislation will lead to greater reporting and learning from errors, further enhancing the care that pharmacy professionals provide.

78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy & and Pharmaceutical Sciences

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) & Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) host the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy & and Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Qualification development

New qualification to meet the recently revised General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Initial Education & Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians (IET) is underway and to be ready for September 2019.

Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technicians ‘Fitness to Practice’ position statement

Pharmacy Technicians, as part of the Pharmacy team, have a vital role to play in preventing medication errors, through intervention and safe practice. As a final accuracy check is the last step in the process prior to the medicine being given to the patient, APTUK advocates that responsibility and accountability determines that this check should only be undertaken by suitably qualified and competent registrants of the Pharmacy regulator.

Improved asthma and dementia care from community pharmacists under new quality scheme

NHS England latest figures are showing  community pharmacies in England are now providing improved asthma and dementia care.

Quality payments

NHS England publish a summary of Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme: Data declaration infographic from contractors who took part in the Community Pharmacy Quality Payments Scheme in 2017/8.

GPhc Registration Renewal Fees to Remain at Current Levels

At it’s Council meeting this week (8th March 2018) the GPhC has decided that registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will remain at current levels for the financial year 2018/19.

GPhC Council Agree Implementation Date for Revised Criteria for Registration as a Pharmacy Technician

At it’s Council meeting this week (8th March 2018), the GPhC agreed that revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician in Great Britain will come into effect on 31 August 2018.  This is planned to be in advance of the 2018-2019 academic year.  The criteria set out the required education, training and experience needed in order to register as a pharmacy technician.
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