Health and Science update - December 2019

Fri Dec 13 13:00:00 UTC 2019

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

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New Pharmacy 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. 

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Following our recognition event, the General Pharmaceutical Council has recommended this qualification for full approval and have confirmed and released the following statement:

“In April 2019, the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians qualification learning outcomes and assessment strategy was provisionally recognised by the GPhC. In November 2019, the qualification and its delivery by Pearson was recommended for full approval for a period of six years. This is subject to the Registrar of the GPhC giving final approval which may take up to 10 weeks. The GPhC recognises that this length of time may impact on the development of the qualification material by centre providers approved by Pearson. Therefore, the GPhC has given approval by exception for Pearson to advertise the qualification.”

We are running a series of events to support you in planning the delivery and assessment for this new qualification.

The events include:

An overview of the qualification and Q&A:

Register for 17 December 2019

Register for 7 January 2020

Getting Ready to Teach:

Register for 14 January 2020

Register for 21 January 2020

For both of the above events you will be required to have viewed a pre-recorded webinar. The link to this webinar will be sent to you once you have registered.

We are also developing an optional Level 2 qualification to support the Pharmacy Service Assistant Apprenticeship Standard.

In England, there will be a separate version of this qualification which integrates end-point assessment and therefore can be used as the on-programme qualification for the Pharmacy Technician (Integrated) apprenticeship standard.

Emergency First Aid at Work update

Emergency First Aid at Work quals now mandatory for all new security license holders.

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From 01 April 2020 people taking their training for the first time will need to show that they have an Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification. This requirement is only for new licence-holders at the moment.  Please see the update from Security Industry Authority (SIA). An opportunity for all centres offering these qualifications to work with centres offering security qualifications.

First Person On Scene

We have recently updated both the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate for First Person on Scene and Pearson BTEC Level 4 Extended Certificate for First Person on Scene to align its requirements with the PHEM Skills Framework.

We are gathering some insight on this qualification and would appreciate if you could complete this short questionnaire.

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