After undertaking the training, learners will have an increased awareness of the process of repeat prescribing, how to identify and prevent potential medicines waste and abuse and the monitoring requirements for some common medicines. The course will also provide them with a greater understanding and appreciation of the role of community pharmacy and assist them to gain confidence in signposting patients. Furthermore, learners will be given time to discuss some of the common problems that they regularly experience, to develop their customer care skills, to network with their peers and to develop action plans that can be implemented in their workplaces to develop the role of a ‘Prescription Clerk’.
Developing the role of a ‘Prescription Clerk’ within the practice, with dedicated time to fulfil the responsibilities of this role can present a challenging cultural shift for some teams but we will explore the need to change and the benefits these changes can have.
Successful and safe Medicines Management is reliant on the following principles:
- Robust protocols agreed by both clinical and non-clinical staff, which clearly outline the responsibilities and when escalation to a clinical member of the team is required
- A commitment from the whole team to support staff in delivering the role of ‘Prescription Clerk’ and dedicated time to fulfil this role
- Continuing audit of activity and outcomes including complaints and significant or serious incidents.