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Training for the Supply and Administration of Emergency Medicines and Vaccinations

The Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) has been working with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) to develop a new modular system of training pharmacists in the Supply and Administration of Emergency Medicines and Vaccinations. This new system is reflected in the training requirements set out by the PSI and comprises of a number of courses (some face-to-face and some online) which will equip pharmacists with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely administer these medicines and vaccines to patients. 

This approach has been designed collaboratively by the PSI and IIOP to streamline the way in which pharmacists can acquire the skills for multiple services.  For example:

  • CPR courses from multiple providers are now recognised by the PSI; 
  • Courses such as Medicines Administration and CPR training will serve as a core building blocks for multiple services, thus reducing the training burden on pharmacists;
  • Online training will enable pharmacists to conveniently upskill in specific services once the core building blocks are in place;
  • All required online courses will be provided free of charge to registered pharmacists through the IIOP website ( www.iiop.ie ) and
  • It is anticipated that this will become the standard approach to training for future years, which will make it easier for pharmacists to plan for training in the future.

The IIOP appreciates the need of pharmacists to have adequate time to prepare for the delivery of services.  It is working with course providers to make the required courses available over the coming months. Information on the specific courses can be found in the table below:


 Course Name

 Course Format

 Course Update

CPR

Face-to-Face

Information on suitable courses available here

Medicines Administration

Face-to-Face

Hibernian Healthcare accredited provider. Further information available here

Pharmacy Addiction Services: Naloxone

Face-to-Face  (currently)

 Dates available here

Responding to an Emergency Situation including the Management of Anaphylaxis

Online

Available now here

Delivering a Pharmacy-based Vaccination Service

 Online

 Available now here

The Administration of Influenza Vaccination

 Online

 Available shortly here

The Administration of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination

 Online

 Available now here

The Administration of Herpes Zoster Vaccination

 Online

 Available now here

Supply and Administration of Glucagon

 Online

 Available now here

Supply and Administration of Glyceryl Trinitrate 

 Online

 Available now here

Diagnosis and Treatment of an Acute Asthmatic Attack and the Supply and Administration of Salbutamol Training Programme

 Online

 Available now here