Course Updates

Training handbook Set A

Module 1, Page 10:

Medical Devices are products or devices that are designed for medical use such as blood glucose monitors or certain moisturisers. They will have a CE mark on them.

Module 3, Page 32:

Revised text: An accuracy checking technician works as part of the pharmacy team and can be involved in any of the activities that contribute towards providing services to patients. They have a more specific and specialised role in completing a final accuracy check on dispensed medicines prior to supply to patients. They work alongside and under supervision from a pharmacist, and often support and supervise other members of the pharmacy team themselves. The responsibility for the clinical check of a prescription remains with the pharmacist.

Training handbook Set B

Module 1, Pages 2, 4, 7 & 14:

Naproxen is currently not available.

Module 1, Page 12:

Felbinac based products are currently not available.

Module 1, Page 13:

Mucopolysaccharide Polysulfate (MSP) can be used for the relief of muscular pain and stiffness, sprains and strains for not more than seven days in adults and children over 12 years old.

Module 2, Page 23:

New product: Ipratropium and xylometazoline use for adults over 18 years

Module 2, Page 23:

New product: Saline nasal drops and sprays for use in nasal congestion.

Module 2, Page 24:

Tyrothricin is no longer used in OTC products for sore throats.

Module 2, Page 24:

New pharmacy service: Some pharmacies offer the sore throat test and treat service where a swab is taken to from the throat to determine whether the sore throat is caused by streptococcal infection. The pharmacist may be able to supply a course of antibiotics under a Patient Group Direction (PGD).

Module 3, Pages 34 & 42:

Penciclovir cream is currently not available.

Module 3, Page 39:

New Product: Hexetidine is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that can be found in a mouthwash and used to help to relieve mouth ulcers.

Module 4, Pages 48 & 50:

Ranitidine and pantoprazole products are currently not available.

Module 4, Page 55:

Additional text: Stimulant laxatives should only be tried after lifestyle, dietary changes or other types of laxatives have not been effective

Training handbook Set C

Module 4, Page 37:

Trichloroacetic acid is no longer available.

Module 6, Pages 67 & 68:

Malathion based products are currently not available.

Training handbook Set D

Module 1, Page 9:

Tranexamic acid tablets are currently not available OTC, customers can be referred to their GP as appropriate.

Module 2, Page 14:

Hormonal contraception: New products – Two branded progesterone-only pills containing desogestrel are now available as pharmacy only medicines to women who are suitable. Ask your pharmacist for further information on these products.

Module 2, Page 16:

Revised text: Chlamydia Testing and Treating Service with azithromycin is no longer available OTC. Some pharmacies provide home testing kits to detect chlamydia or STIs.

Module 2, Page 17:

Tamsulosin used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is currently not available.

Module 3, Page 23:

NRT tablets are currently unavailable.

Module 3, Page 25:

E-Cigarettes and vaping devices containing nicotine are available and some customers may wish to use these as an alternative to smoking.

Training handbook Set E

Module 2, Page 24:

Items for treating STIs are only free if endorsed by the prescriber with FS (free supply of sexual health treatment). Without the FS endorsement, the prescribed treatment is a chargeable item.

Module 2, Page 34:

Pharmacies should stock ‘Emergency steroid cards.’ These are issued by the prescriber initially, but pharmacists should supply replacements when needed or where they feel there is a need.

Module 4, Page 71:

The endorsing process of electronic prescriptions differs to that of paper prescriptions. For electronic prescriptions, the PMR system is used to send necessary notifications. Dispense notification (DN) messages can be submitted once a prescription has been electronically dispensed. Claim notification (CN) messages are the final claim message that include endorsement particulars and information on the charge status of the prescription. The most up to date information regarding prescription endorsement can be found on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) website.

Module 4, Page 75:

Some prescriptions need to be divided by the red separators provided by NHS Prescription Services.

Module 4, Page 75:

Prescriptions for free supply of sexual health treatment that have been endorsed by the prescriber with ‘FS’ and signed.

Set A, Module 4, Page 77:
Question 6 can be discarded.

Set A, Module 1, Page 15:
Question 3 can be discarded.

Set C, Module 3, Page 27:
Both B and C can be considered correct.

Set C, Module 5, Page 59:
Question 8 – No answer listed in Pharmacist Guide.

Set D, Module 2, Page 19:
Question 3 – Pharmacist Guide answer is incorrect.

Set E, Module 2, Page 33:
Quantity is incorrect – should be 4/52

Set E, Module 4, Page 79:
Question 1 can be discarded

Set E, Module 4, Page 79:
Question 6 can be discarded

Pharmacist’s Guide:
Incorrect amount of time for Set E assessment. Should be 45 mins.