Health and Health Science update - January 2020

Mon Jan 27 12:00:00 UTC 2020

An update on everything new within the Health and Health Science sector.

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Pharmacy Technician qualification

Our new Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians is now available for first teaching in February 2020.

It is now formally recognised by General Pharmaceutical Council with no conditions or recommendations.

View the outcome report on the GPhC website

We recently ran a number of events to support the delivery.

View all the recordings and support materials

The Assignment briefs will be released shortly using staggered approach and can be accessed by all the approved centres.

Pharmacy Technician (Integrated Apprenticeship)

This is an integrated end-point assessment where the on-programme qualification and the end-point assessment are integrated and the learners achieve the qualification only when they have successfully achieved the end-point assessments.

There will be a new qualification for this Integrated Apprenticeship which will contain the same on programme units as in the stand alone qualification above and the two end-point assessment units. 

Both routes lead to GPhC registration.

An update from General Pharmaceutical Society:

Online applications to register as a pharmacy technician through the myGPhC system are now open since Tuesday, 21 January.

For students:

From 21 January, if you are applying to register as a pharmacy technician with the GPhC, you will need to create an account on the myGPhC system and submit your application online. The information you need to provide in your application will not change.

If your application is successful, you can then use your account to complete your revalidation, and to renew your registration.

Find out more on the GPhC website

The current paper form will no longer be available after the online application is live. We will accept paper applications we receive until 21 February.

For supervisors:

From Tuesday 21 January, trainees will need to apply to register as a pharmacy technician by creating an account on the myGPhC system and submitting their application online. The information they need to provide in their application will not change.

The current paper form will no longer be available after the online application is live. We will accept paper applications we receive until 21 February.

If you are supervising trainees, you may receive requests from trainees to countersign their application through your myGPhCaccount. Please look out for notifications from myGPhC in your email inbox.

Pharmacy Service Assistant Level 2

We are now on the Register of end-point assessment organisations for this standard and developing an on-programme qualification to support the delivery for this for the pharmacy support staff. This qualification will be available soon.

Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level 3

For any learners who started the Apprenticeship after 5 September 2018 when the assessment plan was updated, our new specification and resources will be available soon.

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