We have recently been informed that the above consultation as it stands means a big change to the training for counter and dispensing assistants. The only training accepted by the GPhC will be a full NVQ, and not the current GPhC accredited programmes such as our MCA and DA, the NPA’s Interact and ADAC, and Buttercup’s MCA and DA programmes, currently referred to as NVQ level 2 equivalent programmes.
This is a huge step backwards for pharmacy and by only allowing NVQ’s to be the chosen training programme, this will have a major impact on your business. NVQs are time consuming for both the trainee and their tutor, with their tutor (a pharmacist of pharmacy technician) having to observe their trainees and write up reports for each unit (for the dispensing programme this would be a minimum of 7 reports needed, maybe more), but also are likely to be at least 3 times the price, with DA programmes costing in excess of £500 each.
To this end we urge you to complete the survey using the link below, paying particular attention to question 4 and to vote NO.
The survey DOES NOT make it clear that this is the proposed change. If you have already completed it, please complete it again with a note to say you wish to withdraw your previous comment. Closing date is the 11 October 2017.
Here’s the question:
The draft guidance makes it clear that unregistered pharmacy staff who are involved in dispensing and supplying medicines must have the knowledge and skills of the relevant units of a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification, or are training towards this.
It is not the need for minimum level of competence we are disputing, more that there should be flexibility on how to achieve this in a simple, cost effective manner, as is currently available with the NVQ level 2 equivalent programmes.
Robust training of support staff is vital to the safe and effective running of a pharmacy, but this doesn’t need to come at a huge cost to pharmacy owners.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.