The Introduction to Medicines Management module is aimed at practice managers, receptionists and administrative staff who wish to broaden their knowledge of Medicines Management within General Practice. The module aims to enhance and develop the skills of those members of non-clinical staff who wish to pursue, develop and undertake the role of a ‘prescription clerk’ within the practice.
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 workshop 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 of each 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.
Training Recommendations: All staff who wish to undertake the Medicines Management module and develop their skills as a ‘Prescription Clerk’:
- Should be experienced GP Practice staff and understand the course outcomes.
- Should attend the full day’s Medicines Management training.
- Will have to demonstrate how they have applied the skills and knowledge gained back in their workplaces and their work will be audited and monitored on an ongoing basis back in the practice.
Practice requirements: All practices who wish to send staff to attend the Medicines Management module and develop the role of ‘Prescription Clerk’ should:
- Commit to allowing the staff member time to attend the training course.
- Support the staff member in developing the role of ‘Prescription Clerk’ in the practice.
- Ensure that robust protocols are developed and agreed by both clinical and non-clinical members of the team, which clearly identifies the responsibilities of each and when it is necessary for the non-clinical member staff member to escalate up to the clinical staff member.
- Agree that overall responsibility for prescribing remains with the medical or non-medical prescriber who should ultimately check and sign the prescription.
- Understand that implementation must be continually monitored, audited and significant or critical events reviewed, reflected upon and actioned appropriately.