GENERAL practice pharmacy technicians in Scotland are set to benefit from a new educational framework, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The ‘Foundation Framework for General Practice Pharmacy Technicians’ was developed by NHS Education Scotland (NES) in response to a gap in pharmacy technician education and development.
Launched by Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr this week, the framework covers the diverse roles carried out within NHS Scotland by general practice pharmacy technicians.
The framework consists of:
- 5 core elements — generic across all pharmacy sectors.
- 3 role specific elements — to allow pharmacy technicians to identify further development and empower them to work at the top of their capabilities.
Professor Anne Watson, Postgraduate Pharmacy Dean, NES said: “I am delighted for NES to launch this framework which will support the developing role of pharmacy technicians within NHSScotland, and cement their important role in future pharmacy services. This should ensure competence and confidence of this staff group and in turn promote excellence in pharmaceutical care.”
Pharmacy technicians who attended cohort four of the recent residential training course for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in GP practice will pilot the framework.