HNC Pharmacy Services Development and Management

HNC Pharmacy Services Development and Management

The HNC in Pharmacy Services Development and Management at SCQF level 7 has been designed to develop management skills of pharmacy technicians within the delivery of pharmacy services. The qualification aims to develop and improve skills in communication, management of others, management of projects, problem solving and self management. This qualification has been designed to help practising pharmacy technicians progress into managerial roles.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The HNC in Pharmacy Services Development and Management is vocational and will develop the skills and knowledge of employed pharmacy technicians. The qualification can be fitted around work commitments and will enhance career and employment prospects for candidates. The market for this qualification extends across all pharmacies in Scotland.

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC in Pharmacy Services Development and Management is designed for those pharmacy technicians in employment wishing to improve their career opportunities. The majority of candidates are employed in hospital pharmacy (secondary care), but the identified changes to the HNC should attract pharmacy technicians from community pharmacy (primary care) to support the evolving roles of the community pharmacist.

Access

Access to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre, and the following recommendations are for guidance only. Some of the appropriate formal entry requirements are specified below. They are not exhaustive or mutually exclusive:

  • SQA National Certificate in Pharmacy Services (or equivalent)
  • SVQ Pharmacy Services level 3
  • a minimum of two years experience of employment as a qualified pharmacy technician or be currently in employment within a pharmacy or have access to a pharmacy

Candidate Information

The HNC Pharmacy Services Development and Management qualification has been designed in a generic way to help practising pharmacy technicians progress into managerial roles. Find out more

Progression

There is no direct progression to higher education as this HNC is a vocational qualification designed to support the extended roles of pharmacy technicians and is not solely pharmacy specific. Candidates who complete the HNC in Pharmacy Services Development and Management could progress towards management vocational qualifications or use their HNC as an entry requirement for an appropriate degree course.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

A more holistic approach to assessment has been adopted in this HNC. The HN Unit specification places the emphasis on reducing assessment load for candidates and centres by devising assessments which assess the entire theory content of the Unit where appropriate, and by sampling of knowledge and/or skills carried out under closed-book conditions.

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Arrangements Documents

Title: HNC Pharmacy Services Development and Management
Code: G801 15
Date: Version 02 (March 2013)
Download: HNC Pharmacy Services Development and Management Arrangements Document (126 KB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: G801 15 (96 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 7

Structure

Mandatory Units

The HNC comprises nine mandatory Units.

Communication 2: Presenting Complex Communication for Vocational Purposes — D5P3 34
Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness — DF4E 34
Developing the Individual within a Team — DF45 34
Research Skills — D7LX 34
Developing Pharmacy Services — DR35 34
Communication: Business Writing Skills — D7LN 34
Therapeutics: Common Medical Conditions — DP95 34
Working with People and Teams — A6GV 34
Pharmacy Services Development and Management: Graded Unit 1 — DP9Y 34

Other information

There are no optional Units in the qualification. All Units are mandatory and are sufficiently generic that they can successfully be completed by candidates working in a variety of pharmacy settings, eg secondary and primary care settings, the MOD, HM Prison Service, and the pharmaceutical industry.

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