Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2020-21 Staff Training

While the portal for part 1 of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) is still open, it’s a good time to start thinking about part 2 and how you can make sure your staff and locum pharmacists have the training they need in time for the deadline.

There are a number of pharmacy training modules that pharmacy staff and pharmacists working within branches need to complete. To help you manage your training plans and be fully prepared, we’ve compiled a list of all the pharmacy training modules you need to get the most out of this year’s PQS.

There are three PQS domains, which include a training checklist, these are:

Domain 1 – Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship

i. All non-registered pharmacy staff working at the pharmacy must have satisfactorily completed the HEE infection prevention and control Level 1 e-learning and assessment; AND

ii. All registered pharmacy professionals must have satisfactorily completed the HEE Infection Prevention and Control Level 2 e-learning and assessment; AND

iii. All patient-facing pharmacy staff that provide advice on medicines or healthcare must have satisfactorily completed the PHE Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacy e-learning and e-assessment;

iv. All patient-facing staff that provide health advice, should have become Antibiotic Guardians,

Domain 2 – Prevention

i. All patient-facing staff working at the pharmacy must have completed the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) training (staff who have been personally affected by this issue are exempt)

ii. All non-registered patient-facing pharmacy staff who provide health-promoting advice must have completed the PHE All Our Health bitesize training and assessments on Adult Obesity and Childhood Obesity AND

iii. 100% of registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy must have satisfactorily completed sections one and three of the ‘CPPE Weight management for adults: understanding the management of obesity training’ and assessment, available on the CPPE website;

Domain 3 – Risk Management

i. 80% of all registered pharmacy professionals working at the pharmacy must have satisfactorily completed the CPPE risk management training and e-assessment. If the training and assessment were satisfactorily completed between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2020 then the assessment does not need to be redone. It is important to check the date on the certification in case the assessment needs to be redone.

ii. Although this will only apply to certain pharmacies, I would suggest ensuring all registered pharmacy professionals have completed the CPPE sepsis online training and assessment

The PQS declaration portal is open from 1st February 2021 until 23:59 on 26th February 2021. The Locum App can help you manage your pharmacy staff compliance by ensuring these documents are uploaded and securely stored on our servers. You would then be able to use the details as evidence for successful completion.