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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Pharmacy Technicians

As the roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians change and develop within the hospital environment, we must learn new skills and knowledge to carry out these duties competently. If we want to move forward and become value adding members of the pharmacy services team, it is not sufficient to rely solely on our past education and qualifications.

Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) is central to working as a professional. It enables pharmacy technicians to demonstrate to their employers and to their customers that they are maintaining and building on their capabilities. CPD can be defined as everything a pharmacy technician learns to make him or her better able to do their job.

Courses are now becoming more readily available in the UK to support the need for CPD and these courses can be accessed by Irish pharmacy technicians through attendance and or distance learning. Opportunities are also developing closer to home as new schools of pharmacy open and new courses become available for technicians and pharmacists.

The N.A.H.P.T. will aim to bring information to you on these courses via our newsletters and education days. We hope that anybody who has completed any interesting courses would provide us with information to share with others. We also hope to talk to course providers and institutes to see if they will deliver courses to us here in Ireland e.g. accredited technician checking qualifications.

Listed are some course names and contact information for courses that have been completed and recommended by Irish Hospital Technicians.

Certificate in Science in Sterile Operations – Level 6      ***NEW***

Programme CodeSG_SSTER_E06

About this programme

The Certificate in Science Sterile Operations (Special Purpose Award – Level 6) has been developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland to ensure the course offers the skill and experience that is required for this growing industry sector in Ireland particularly in relation to sterile filling operations.  The course has been developed and is offered in conjunction with NIBRT (National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training)  with all of the laboratory work taking place at their state-of-the-art training facilities in Dublin.

The course is offered in a fully-online manner utilising IT Sligo’s online delivery technologies which will minimise the amount of student time required to travel and attend at either IT Sligo or NIBRT.

Programme Modules (30 Credits)

The Sterile Operations Special Purpose Award (level 6) consists of five modules delivered over two semesters as follows:

  • Biocontamination Control – (5 credits).
  • Cleaning, Sanitisation and Utilities – (5 credits).
  • Cleanroom Design and Operations – (5 credits).
  • Sterilisation Technologies – (5 credits).
  • Sterile Operations Practical Laboratory – (10 credits).

Award:  Certificate in Science in Sterile Operations – Level 6

Duration: 1 year

Fees: €3,150

springboardlogoIf you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under the Springboard initiative.  You can find out more on the Springboard website.  If you are eligible under the Springboard Scheme you must make your application on the Springboard site at www.bluebrick.ie/springboard

Application DeadlineSee Frequently Asked Questions

Delivery: Online

MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance    

  • Web: www.healthcare.leeds.ac.uk/PG/pharmacy/MSC-PTQA-09/details.htm
  • Contact Person: Maria Bell

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This programme is suitable for both UK and International students; for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and scientists working at, or towards senior technical services positions within the NHS, industry and the wider pharmacy profession.

Why study this programme?

This is a unique, work-based, part-time postgraduate course. It was designed by the working group of the NHS Production, Quality Control and Radiopharmacy Committees and involved consultation with over 400 key pharmacy managers. The teaching is research led and is delivered by senior experts from the NHS and industry.

The overall objective of the programme is to broaden and deepen the expertise and experience of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and scientists in the technical specialities of aseptic services, pharmaceutical production, quality control and radiopharmacy. In addition successful completion of the course to Diploma level can assist UK registered pharmacists to gain the knowledge and skills required for registration as a Qualified Person.

 Upon successful completion of the course, students will have achieved the appropriate level of:

• Knowledge regarding pharmaceutical quality assurance including good manufacturing practice (GMP) aseptic preparation, quality control and radiopharmacy


• Understanding of a range of relevant and up-to-date strategies and techniques and appreciation of how and when to apply them in practice


• Ability to make judgements about, and take responsibility for, quality assurance issues in pharmacy practice


• Familiarity with good practice, recognised quality assurance (QA) procedures, and relevant standards and legal requirements.

When and where do I study?
The PTQA is a residential and distance learning course. Each module comprises a three-month study period in the workplace, which begins with one-week of lectures and workshops near the University in residential accommodation.

There are three such taught modules in each of the first two years of the course. In the final year, MSc students undertake a research project which is chosen by the student and linked to the main research areas of their employer or linked University staff. The teaching will be delivered at suitable venues close to the University with site visits to industry as required. In addition the student must commit to a variety of work-based placements if required. Accommodation will be arranged for students in Leeds close to the University.

Aseptic Services for Managers (ASFM) Course, LEEDS   

Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 May 2011

Graduate Diploma in Health Care (Risk Management & Quality)      

  • Web: www.ucd.ie/medicine
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MSc in Computing (Information Technology)   **NEW!**

DIT Kevin St.

  • Contact Person: Deirdre Lawless (Programme Co-ordinator)
  • Web: www.comp.dit.ie

 

Dispensing Accuracy Assesment at the South West Medicines Information and Training

  • Contact person: Sally Kemp
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  • Phone: 0044 117 3423487
  • Web: http://www.swmit.nhs.uk/DispAccAss.htm

Technician Accreditation for Pre and In-Process Checking within Aseptic Services at the South West Medicines Information and Training

  • Contact person: Sally Kemp
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  • Phone: 0044 117 3423487
  • Web: http://www.swmit.nhs.uk/PIPCAseptic.htm

Medicines Management Accredited Scheme at the South West Medicines Information and Training

  • Contact person: Ellen Bidwell
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  • Phone: 0044 117 3423487
  • Web: http://www.swmit.nhs.uk/TechMedMan.htm

Medicines Information Technician Training at the UK Medicines Information

  • Contact person: Vivienne Rose
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  • Phone: 0044 1604 545697
  • Web: www.ukmi.nhs.uk

BTEC Professional Development Certificate - Clinical Pharmacy Technician at the Derby University

  • Contact person: Sarah Deeming / Helen Martin
  • Phone: 0044 1332 593038
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  • Web: www.derby.ac.uk

Pharmacy Dispensing Checking Technician at the Edinburgh Telford College

Assesment for Aseptic Preparation at the South West Medicines Information and Training

  • Contact person: Sally Kemp
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  • Phone: 0044 117 3423487
  • Web: www.swmit.nhs.uk

Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicine (APDM)

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  • Phone: 0044 113 343 8104
  • Web: http://www.healthcare.leeds.ac.uk/study/CPD/PTQA/APDM/

Preparation and Administration of Cytotoxic Drugs at the University of Leeds

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  • Phone: 0044 113 343 8104
  • Web: www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/cpd

First Line Management at the National College of Ireland

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  • Phone: 1850 221721
  • Web: www.ncirl.ie

Supervisory Management at the Irish Marketing Institute

  • Phone: 01 2952355

Materials Management at the Irish institute of Purchasing & Materials Management

Healthcare Management at the Institute of Public Administration

BSc. Human Resource Management at the Dublin Institute of Technology

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  • Web: www.dit.ie

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

This course is available nationwide.

Have you completed a course which isn’t listed? If you have please let me know and I will put it on to the list. Contact Deirdre Armstrong at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .