Procedures for Pharmacy Aseptic Checking Technicians (HN Unit)

The HN Unit Procedures for Pharmacy Aseptic Checking Technicians at SCQF level 7 is designed to enable candidates to develop the competences required to carry out the role of a pharmacy aseptic checking technician. It is primarily intended for candidates who expect to take up a final accuracy checking role within a pharmacy aseptic facility. 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 provides essential knowledge and skills for those who wish to work in the pharmacy sector in an aseptic checking role.

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop the competencies required to carry out the role of pharmacy aseptic checking technician.

Who does this qualification suit

This Unit is intended for candidates who expect to take up an aseptic checking role within a pharmacy aseptic facility. 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 will provide, and also give 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: F6JA 34
SCQF level: 7

Structure

The Unit consists of five Outcomes:

  • Explain the role of the pharmacy aseptic checking technician in ensuring the safe and effective aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines.
  • Perform checks for potential problems in prescriptions for aseptically prepared and dispensed medicines.
  • Describe the appropriate procedures for the safe aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines.
  • Describe the procedures necessary to rectify errors and avoid errors in the safe aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines.
  • Perform final accuracy checks to ensure the safe aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines.

Evidence Requirements for each Outcome is contained in the Unit descriptor