The term used at the time I trained was the ‘grandparenting clause’ and although this has been deemed as an easy route to a qualification, I qualified and worked as a dispenser for 10 years before undertaking the necessary six-month top-up course and exam at the end. All of my work was reviewed and monitored and had to be signed off as competent before I could register and practice as a pharmacy technician. The ‘grandparenting clause’ has enabled me to achieve what I have accomplished today. In 2008 I trained to become an ACT and have used these skills in several areas in the community pharmacy setting including care home services. After moving to my current position in secondary care I have since completed my training and qualified as a medicines optimisation technician.