Procedures for Pharmacy Dispensary Checking Technicians (HN Unit)

This HN Unit in Procedures for Pharmacy Dispensary Checking Technicians at SCQF level 7 is designed to enable candidates to develop the competences required to carry out the role of a pharmacy dispensary checking technician. It is primarily intended for candidates who expect to take up an accuracy checking role. It prepares them for this role by providing the underpinning knowledge they require.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

This Unit in Procedures for Pharmacy Dispensary Checking Technicians is a nationally-recognised qualification for pharmacy dispensary checking technicians. The qualification provides essential knowledge and skills for those who wish to work in the pharmacy sector in an accuracy checking role.

Who does this qualification suit

This Unit in Procedures for Pharmacy Dispensary Checking Technicians is intended for candidates who expect to take up an accuracy checking role within a pharmacy. It prepares them for this role by providing the underpinning knowledge they require.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre, although it is highly recommended that the candidates have a qualification recognised by the regulating body for pharmacy practice, eg SVQ Pharmacy Services level 3 and/or NC Pharmacy Services. It is beneficial that candidates have work experience as a pharmacy technician as this would allow them to appreciate the responsibility and achievement this Unit provides, and also gives candidates opportunities to reflect on this responsibility. Candidates should also have good communication skills and problem solving abilities.

Progression

There is no direct progression to Group Awards from this Unit. However, candidates could be signposted to the HNC in Pharmacy Services Development and Management.

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

Assessment will consist of a combination of candidate reports and observation of practical assignments.

Where can you take this course?

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Unit code: F6J9 34
SCQF level: 7

Structure

The Unit consists of six Outcomes:

  • Explain the role of the pharmacy dispensary checking technician in ensuring the safe and effective dispensing of prescribed medicines.
  • Perform checks for potential problems in the dispensing of prescribed medicines.
  • Explain the appropriate requirements to ensure the safe and effective use of dispensed medicines.
  • Describe the appropriate dispensing process for non-sterile extemporaneous medicines.
  • Describe the procedures necessary to rectify errors and avoid potential errors in the dispensing of prescribed medicines.
  • Perform final accuracy checks to ensure the safe dispensing of prescribed medicines.

Evidence Requirements for each Outcome is contained in the Unit descriptor