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Foundation Training for Pharmacy Technicians

Foundation training builds on student learning to ensure a real understanding of the patient’s experience in the healthcare system. It will give you the skills and competencies to focus on helping the patient with self-care and decision making about their medicines. This ensures patients are supported all the time, every time with an appropriately trained medicines optimisation team. With foundation training as you take on new and advanced roles, you will learn new skills, develop your career, start to look at future roles, as well as education and training opportunities in your workplace.

Early Career and Foundation Training

Our foundation training programmes consist of time spent in practice according to individual job descriptions and responsibilities. This may involve further academic training and/or accreditation which are outcome based i.e. not just the acquisition of competencies, but a demonstration that they can be applied in real situations. The programmes usually employ a range of assessment methods within a regular appraisal process to support and measure progress, for example through the use of a portfolio.


For pharmacy technicians in Yorkshire and the Humber, this may be a one to two year programme of structured training incorporating the Association of Pharmacy Technicians Foundation Pharmacy Framework, often underpinned by post-registration programmes.

Locally, a commissioned programme, HE CPD Certificate for Pharmacy Technicians is available from the University of Huddersfield and comprises:
•    Professional Development
•    Accuracy Checking Medicines/Medication Safety
•    Medicines Management

Supporting your Development with Work Based Learning Programmes

•    We provide a comprehensive medicines optimisation training programme (with introductory, optional and accredited (AMMTS) modules) supported by workbooks and e-learning modules.
•    Our Accuracy Checking Medicines Frameworks (ACT and PIPC) are suitable for all staff and mapped to national standards. 
•    Are you interested in becoming a Mentor in your workplace? See our Mentor Training Programme for more information. 

Developing Clinical Pharmacy Technicians

Clinical Pharmacy Technicians are an important part of the multi-professional team in all sectors. Training is available in our Medicines Optimisation Training Programme and an Advanced Practice Programme of learning is also available.
You may be interested in Pharmacy Clinical Services Professional Diploma Level 4  This programme has been designed to meet the specific needs for further development of pharmacy clinical professionals. It is the only BTEC programme offering an academically recognised award in pharmacy clinical services within the UK.


Further Information

We are working on a number of initiatives to progress the development of Pharmacy Technicians. More information will be posted here. 

If you would like to contact us please send an email to medicinesoptimisation.yh@hee.nhs.uk 

Funding and Course Finder

For information on available course and funding please visit the links below:
HEE Funding Guide
HEE CPD Course Finder

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