The National Clinical Skills for Pharmacists Programme supports registered pharmacists take on new and extended clinical roles through a combination of face-to-face teaching, simulation and personal study.
Designed in collaboration with Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) and NHS Education for Scotland, the Clinical Skills for Pharmacists programme covers both consultation and clinical assessment skills that learners can implement in their daily practice.
What is the Clinical Skills for Pharmacists programme?
The Clinical Skills for Pharmacists programmes provides pharmacists across Scotland with the additional skills required to assess, advise and treat patients for a range of minor illnesses and common clinical conditions to support delivery of the NHS Scotland Pharmacy First Plus service.
Learners are trained in clinical skills to assess and prescribe treatment for common clinical conditions such as minor infections, symptoms and rashes.
The programme is delivered as an accelerated training model, and teaches a mix of communication and practical skills over 3.5 days.
There is an option to split teaching days where required to accommodate working Pharmacists.
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This programme gives me the skills I need to identify areas I need to improve, such as factoring social history in when doing a consultation. It is also helping me reflect on what I am doing well in my current practice.
This training supports pharmacists with an Independent Prescribing qualification to develop key clinical assessment skills and build confidence to undertake safe and effective systematic consultation across a range of clinical settings.
This course allows clinical pharmacists to develop both their clinical communication and examination skills using a patient-centred approach in a protected learning environment.
The training is designed to support learning in a safe and simulated environment, drawing on the experience of a range of clinicians within the medical multidisciplinary team.