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Practice Review - Sample Clinical Knowledge Review (CKR)

Location
Online Training Course
Cost
Free

This sample Clinical Knowledge Review (CKR) forms a part of the suite of Practice Review support resources. It will enable you to practice examples of the types of MCQs that may be encountered during the CKR component of Practice Review. It also provides you with an opportunity to gain familiarity with the computer based format and to practice answering MCQs within the allotted time. 

 

MCQ - Multiple Choice Question

Accredited Online Programmes

Managing Quality in Pharmacy Practice

Location
Online Training Programme
Cost
Free

The Managing Quality in Pharmacy Practice training programme is a self-directed online training programme which will take approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The programme was developed for the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) by Pharmapod. It is tailored to the pharmacy profession in the Republic of Ireland and is suitable for both recently qualified and experienced pharmacists working in various settings (including community pharmacies, hospitals and those delivering pharmacy services to residential care settings), with no specialist knowledge in this area.

The aim of the programme is to introduce pharmacists to recognised principles of quality management and help them to implement these principles in their own practice. The programme content covers aspects of quality management relevant to pharmacy practice, including the principles of quality management, how to develop a quality management system, principles of risk management, quality improvement, and how to develop a process to review quality related adverse events such as medication errors.  It also covers national and international policies, strategies and best practices.
 

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of quality management, including recognised quality management theories and frameworks
  • Describe Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance Models and how to apply these models to your practice
  • Develop, implement and review a Quality Management System relevant to your pharmacy practice
  • Apply the principles of risk management to identify deficits and risks in the quality of pharmacy services you offer
  • Develop a process to review quality-related adverse events such as medication errors and customer complaints

The Training Programme contains five modules;

  1. Quality management Principles
  2. Quality management Systems
  3. Quality Improvement
  4. Applying Quality Improvement methods in a Pharmacy Setting
  5. Running a Quality Improvement in your practice
Online Resources

Return to Practice Resource

Location
Online training course
Cost
Free

This online course is to support pharmacists returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aim

To support pharmacists returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consultation Skills in Pharmacy Practice (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Cost
Free

This programme is a self-directed fully online training programme which may take approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The programme was developed for the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) by the Irish Academy of Continuing Medical Education (iaCME Ltd.) and 4Front Pharmacy Solutions Ltd. 

The PSI’s Core Competency Framework (CCF) identifies a number of competencies central to pharmacists performing effectively in professional practice. “Patient Consultation Skills” has been recognised as a core competency for pharmacists, to help ensure the safe and rational use of medicines. The aim of this Consultation Skills in Pharmacy Practice training programme is to help pharmacists develop their knowledge and skills in this competency area.

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Identify the consultation skills required during interactions with patients, carers or healthcare professionals
  • Develop effective consultation skills to competently gather information from and about patients, and interpret this information appropriately
  • Understand the importance of consultation skills to other areas of the pharmacist: patient interaction, including;
    • Patient management and education
    • Patient communication (counselling) skills
  • Identify and use consultation skills appropriate for the following;
    • Medication-related consultations
    • Public health related consultations
  • Evaluate and reflect upon your consultation skills in a simulated or practice setting
20 Dec, 2020

Management of Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs Training Programme (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Cost
Free

The learning objective of this self-directed, online programme is to educate healthcare professionals on the legislation pertaining to benzodiazepines and the implications that has on the management of benzodiazepines in practice.

Course content will include examination of national guidelines relating to the management of benzodiazepines in clinical practice, details of the legislative requirements and the implications of this on practice, an investigation of the current issues that pertain to benzodiazepines, and possible strategies that could be employed in a collaborative approach to address these. The training programme will include interactive learning opportunities that incorporate examples and scenarios from primary practice.

The programme is a self-directed fully online training programme which may take approximately two hours to complete.

The training programme is designed to ensure achievement of the learning outcomes which are as follows:

a) Identify the general factors that must be considered in the management of benzodiazepines and z-drugs in the primary care setting; 


b) Understand the implications of the introduction of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2017 on the prescribing and dispensing of benzodiazepines and z-drugs; 


c) Articulate the specific factors that should be addressed by Practitioners in the prescribing, supply and ongoing review of patients who are taking benzodiazepines and z-drugs; 


d) Identify the potential risks associated with benzodiazepines and z-drugs in the primary care setting and strategies to mitigate these; 


e) Describe strategies that could be employed in a collaborative approach to patient care in the management of benzodiazepines and z-drugs.

12 Jan, 2021
Accredited Online Programmes

Cardiovascular Risk training programme (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Programme
Cost
Free

This online course aims to build on your existing theoretical and practical knowledge of cardiovascular risk in the context of pharmacy in Ireland.

It should take approximately 6 hours to complete; however this does not have to take place over one sitting. 

Aim

To promote effective management of hypertension and dyslipidaemia thereby assisting patients to reduce their risk of CVD.

Following completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • define CVD, disease burden and public health policy in Ireland
  • promote role of pharmacists in identifying and assessing CV risk factors
  • use evidence-based guidelines and resources to conduct medication reviews and optimise treatment of hypertension and dyslipidaemia
  • educate patients about CVD prevention, self-management and lifestyle strategies
  • provide accurate and safe information to patients and HCPs on the drug management of CV risk factors
  • encourage and facilitate patient adherence to medicines
  • prevent/resolve problems that patients experience with medicines
  • identify the need for, plan and implement new services relating to CVD prevention with a focus on optimising disease management.
26 Feb, 2021
Accredited Online Programmes

Diabetes Training Programme (2021)

Start date
Location
Online training course
Cost
Free

This online course aims to build on your existing theoretical and practical knowledge of diabetes in the context of pharmacy in Ireland.

It should take approximately 10 hours to complete; however this does not have to take place over one sitting.  

Aim

To provide health professionals with the knowledge to deliver evidence-based care to patients with diabetes.

Having completed this course you should be able to:

  • identify risk factors associated with developing diabetes
  • distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • describe evidence-based practice in managing patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • recognise the various parameters that are used to judge metabolic control
  • make recommendations to prevent the complications of diabetes or manage them should they occur and educate patients in relation to this
  • provide guidance on monitoring diabetes in special cases, such as pregnancy
  • provide accurate, quality and safe information to patients and healthcare professionals regarding pharmacological management of diabetes
  • encourage and facilitate patient adherence to medicines.
12 Mar, 2021

Answering Medicines Related Questions in Practice (2021)

Start date
Location
Online training course
Cost
Free

This programme is a fully online and self-directed training programme, designed and delivered by the IIOP in conjunction with the National Medicines Information Centre (NMIC) St James’s Hospital, Dublin.  This course is intended for all registered pharmacists as a two-hour self-directed e-learning programme.

  

You must be logged in to the IIOP website to book a place on this training resource.

The learning objective of this training programme is to help pharmacists reflect on and develop the way in which they respond to medicines-related queries in practice. Through the learning on this programme and the use of practice opportunities, the pharmacist will become familiar with the use of evidence-based reputable information resources to help formulate responses to medicines-related queries that they would encounter in their practice. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their current practice when answering medicines related questions in practice by interacting with practice scenarios, developed from questions received by the NMIC and presented to reflect a typical interaction pharmacist would experience on a daily basis in practice. 

The learning objective is achieved through the achievement of four learning outcomes:

  1. Reflect on their own behaviours and outcomes when responding to medicines related questions in current practice
  2. Identify essential information required to answer a medicines-related question;
  3. Research a medicines-related question using appropriate information resources
  4. Understand the principles of formulating an answer to a medicines-related query and apply to practical examples.
30 Mar, 2021

Responding to an Emergency Situation & Management of Anaphylaxis (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Free

This online course is divided into two distinct sections Responding to an Emergency Situation and the Management of Anaphylaxis. 

This course is a 4 hour self-directed fully online training programme.

In advance of administering vaccinations and emergency medicines, pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: PSI website

You must be logged in to book a place on this course.

On successful completion of this programme participants should be able to:

  • Respond to, and prepare for, an emergency in the pharmacy setting
  • Perform relevant diagnoses on patients in order to administer the correct medicine in an emergency situation
  • Treat a patient (post drug administration) who is suffering from an adverse reaction or delayed adverse reactions
  • Diagnose and treat anaphylaxis in both adults and children
  • Supply and administer adrenaline to both adults and children in emergency situations
16 Jun, 2021

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

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Free

The Diagnosis and Treatment of an Acute Asthma Attack and the Supply and Administration of Salbutamol Training Programme is a self-directed online training programme which will take approximately 2 hours to complete. The programme was developed for the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) by Hibernian Healthcare. The principal aims of this training programme are to enable pharmacists to competently and safely provide an emergency salbutamol service for the treatment of severe asthma in the pharmacy setting.

This training programme must be completed if you wish to offer a salbutamol emergency medicine service to your patients. You will also need to complete the Responding to an Emergency Service and the Management of Anaphylaxis and keep your CPR training up to date.

Learning Objectives 

  • Diagnose and treat an acute asthma attack
  • Refresh knowledge on the properties and usage of salbutamol.
  • Supply and administer salbutamol in emergency situations
  • Manage possible side effects or adverse events resulting from administration of salbutamol
  • Store salbutamol in line with the SmPC
  • Make appropriate records following supply and administration of salbutamol in an emergency
16 Jun, 2021
Accredited Online Programmes

Anticoagulation Training Programme

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Cost
Free

This online course aims to equip pharmacists with the knowledge to deliver a safe and supportive service to patients prescribed anticoagulants. It should take approximately 6 hours to complete; however this does not have to take place over one sitting.  

You must be logged in to book a place on this course.

On successful completion of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Describe the coagulation cascade
  • Describe the currently available anticoagulants and their indications for use
  • Describe the role of anticoagulants in preventing stroke and the current available data on underutilisation
  • Describe the role of regular INR monitoring including:
    • what is meant by INR, why and how it is used to manage patients on warfarin
    • how often patients should be monitored
    • how INR is recorded and communicated to patients
    • the key factors influencing INR
  • Describe and implement the pharmacist’s responsibilities in relation to the dispensing, therapeutic review and safe and rational use of anticoagulants
  • Identify and utilise relevant evidence-based guidelines and sources of information on the use of anticoagulants
  • Provide accurate, quality and safe information to patients and healthcare professionals regarding the safe and appropriate use of anticoagulants
  • Identify, prevent, minimise, resolve and follow-up medication safety issues associated with anticoagulants
  • Educate patients regarding the safe and appropriate use of anticoagulants to optimise their care
  • Encourage and facilitate patient adherence to medicines
  • Describe the services provided by anticoagulation clinics and how this relates to the delivery of pharmaceutical care
  • Have an awareness of the options available for the management of bleeding in patients on anticoagulation
  • Describe specific actions which can be implemented into practice to enhance the pharmaceutical care of patients using anticoagulants
  • Identify their additional individual learning needs
17 Jun, 2021

Delivery of a Pharmacy-Based Vaccination Service Training Programme (2021)

Start date
Free

The Delivery of a Pharmacy-based Vaccination Service Training Programme covers how to prepare the pharmacist, pharmacy team and premises for the delivery of a vaccination service. You must have a Certificate of Completion for this training programme in order to supply and administer any of the vaccinations. Pharmacists are asked to reflect, self-assess and to evaluate whether they need to refresh their training in this programme, in order to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely deliver a vaccination service. The PSI requires that this training programme is repeated if a pharmacist has not vaccinated in the past 12 months (or influenza season).

In advance of administering vaccinations pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes to administer vaccinations. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: PSI website

The programme is a self-directed fully online training programme which may take approximately two hours to complete.

You must be logged in to book a place on this course

On successful completion of this programme pharmacists should be able to competently and safely:

  • Prepare the pharmacy setting for a vaccination service
  • Perform relevant assessment of patients in order to administer the correct medicine
26 Jul, 2021

Administration of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Training Course (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Free

The Administration of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Training Course enables pharmacists to competently and safely administer the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine. 

The certificate for the Administration of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Training Course is valid for two years.

The programme is a self-directed fully online training programme which may take approximately two hours to complete.

You must be logged in to book a place on this course. 

In advance of administering the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes to administer this vaccine. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: PSI website

On successful completion of this programme participants should be able to competently and safely:

  • Respond to, and prepare for, a request for pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination in the pharmacy setting
  • Perform relevant assessment of patients in order to administer the correct medicine
  • Administer pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine to adults
28 Jul, 2021
Accredited Online Programmes

Oral Anticancer Medicines (2021)

Start date
Free

The Oral Anticancer Medicines Training Programme is a self-directed online training programme which contains four modules, each of which will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes to complete. The programme was developed for the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) by Hibernian Healthcare. The clinical aspects addressed in this programme specification are intended to refresh and build on the existing knowledge-base and expertise of pharmacists with respect to Oral Anticancer Medicines (OAM). Specifically the aim of the training is to enable pharmacists to competently and safely dispense Oral Anticancer Medicines and counsel patients in a consistent, safe and effective manner. The training programme will support safe administration, safe handling, and the identification and management of side effects pertaining to Oral Anticancer Medicines.

  1. Understanding Cancer in Ireland

This module focuses on some background information on cancer suitable for healthcare professionals working in a primary care setting. At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

    • Describe cancer including causes, prevention and incidence in Ireland
    • Outline the roles and implications of national advisory bodies in the prevention, early detection, treatment and management of cancer e.g. NCCP, ICPN, NCPE, Healthy Ireland
    • Identify sources of guidance for obtaining information on specific treatments and side effects.
    • Describe pathways for referral of patients from primary to secondary care
    • Identify education and patient information leaflets patients and carers should receive from their treating hospital/ other sources
  1. Cancer Treatment Options

This module highlights the different treatment modalities available for cancer but focuses on the use of OAM. At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

  • Describe the use of systemic therapy (including chemotherapy / immunotherapy / hormonal therapy / monoclonal antibodies etc.), radiotherapy, surgical oncology and supportive care to achieve treatment goals.
  • Differentiate between curative, adjuvant, neo-adjuvant and palliative treatment goals, when these each apply and the clinical implications of same
  • Describe classification of OAM and hormonal agents
  • Discuss common OAM regimens used and awareness of national NCCP chemotherapy regimens
  • Identify sources of further guidance for obtaining information on specific treatments and side effects
  1. OAM Prescribing and Dispensing

This module focuses on the aspects involved in the prescribing and safe dispensing of OAM. At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

  • Accurately verify OAM prescriptions within scope of practice
      • Use of national NCCP chemotherapy regimens and other reference sources
  • Perform pharmaceutical dosing calculations accurately, e.g.
  • Weight or Body Surface Area calculations
    • Demonstrate awareness of dose banding, capping and rounding
    • Demonstrate basic understanding of occupational hazards of exposure to;
      •  Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy drugs including oral anti-cancer medicines (OAM)
      • Waste
        • including basic safe handling procedures i.e. disposal of chemotherapeutic waste

Explain the processes for acquisition, storage and supply of Oral Anti-Cancer Medicines

 

  1. OAM - Patient Counselling including Toxicity

This module focuses on some key points in relation to patient counselling for patients on OAM. At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

    • Identify ways to support patient adherence to OAM regimens
      • Include importance of adhering to dosing schedule
    • Describe issues surrounding adverse events and toxicity management in relation to OAM
  • Identify symptoms and management of toxicity
      • Awareness of the requirement for monitoring blood counts with some OAM  (at hospital level)
      • Dose reductions in renal and hepatic impairment
      • Knowledge on  identification, monitoring and appropriate reporting of adverse drug events
  • Recognise the clinical significance of drug-drug and drug-food interactions with OAM and drugs used to prevent and alleviate symptoms
    • Outline the effectiveness, safety and potential for interactions of OAM with complementary and alternative medicines
    • Identify sources of further guidance for obtaining information on specific treatments and side effects
28 Jul, 2021

Administration of Herpes Zoster Vaccination Training Programme (2021)

Start date
Free

The Administration of Herpes Zoster Vaccine Training Programme enables pharmacists to competently and safely administer the Herpes Zoster (Shingles) vaccine.

The certificate for the Administration of Herpes Zoster Vaccine Training Programme is valid for two years.

The programme is a self-directed fully online training programme which may take approximately two hours to complete.

You must be logged in to book a place on this course. 

In advance of administering the Herpes Zoster Vaccine pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes to administer this vaccine. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: PSI website

On successful completion of this programme participants should be able to competently and safely:

  • Respond to, and prepare for, a request for Herpes Zoster (Shingles) vaccination in the pharmacy setting
  • Perform relevant assessment of patients in order to administer the correct medicine
  • Administer Herpes Zoster (Shingles) vaccine in adults
28 Jul, 2021

Administration of Influenza Vaccination Training Programme (2021/22)

Start date
Free

The Administration of Influenza Vaccine Training Programme enables pharmacists to competently and safely administer the influenza vaccination in the pharmacy setting. 

The Administration of Influenza Vaccine Training Programme is valid only for the influenza season to which it relates and therefore must be completed for each season in which the pharmacist intends to administer the influenza vaccination. Pharmacists require a certificate of completion for this training course and must satisfy the other training requirements as outlined by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland if they wish to administer the influenza vaccination during the 2021/2022 influenza season.

The programme is a self-directed fully online training programme which will take approximately two hours to complete.

You must be logged in to book a place on this course. 

In advance of administering the Influenza Vaccine pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes to administer this vaccine. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: https://www.thepsi.ie/gns/education/Training_for_Pharmacists_Vaccinations.aspx

On successful completion of this programme pharmacists should be able to competently and safely:

  • Respond to, and prepare for, a request for influenza vaccination in the pharmacy setting
  • Perform relevant assessment of patients in order to administer the correct medicine
  • Administer influenza vaccine to adults and children (aged 6 months and over)
19 Aug, 2021

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Community Pharmacists

Start date
Free

The programme aims to provide an educational resource on antimicrobial stewardship and to equip pharmacists with knowledge and tools to optimise antibiotic use for the general public and their patients. 

As 90% of antimicrobial use in Ireland is in the community the objective is to inform the community pharmacist workforce on antimicrobial stewardship principles and prepare them to implement these as part of their day-to-day practice.

This will be done in this interactive eLearning resource by introducing learners to systems and supports already in place to enhance stewardship; signposting to relevant and up to date resources, and using  clinical scenarios to highlight examples of best practice.

The focus of this IIOP online training programme is to raise awareness amongst pharmacists of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship principles, and to highlight the important role of the pharmacist in optimising antibiotic use and reducing antimicrobial-related harm in a person-centred way.

At the end of this programme learners will:

  • Be able to articulate the basic principles of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) & antimicrobial resistance,

  • Have an awareness of the role of AMRIC, the national clinical programme for antimicrobial resistance and infection control,

  • Appreciate the national AMS initiatives and their rationale, including the red/green antibiotic list,

  • Be familiar with how to access the relevant supports & clinical resources,

  • Be able to articulate issues to ensure maximum benefit and minimum harm for the people who take antimicrobials,

  • Have increased confidence to implement AMS in their work practices.

24 Sep, 2021

Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypoglycaemia and the Supply and Administration of Glucagon (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Free

Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypoglycaemia and the Supply and Administration of Glucagon Training Programme

This programme is a fully online and self-directed training programme, designed and delivered by NICPLD. The programme aims to help you acquire new knowledge and provide you with opportunities to develop skills in reviewing the literature on clinical studies.  It also aims to assist you in interpreting the clinical evidence presented and derive your own conclusions based on this evidence.

As the programme is online and self-directed, it is designed to be interactive and may take approximately two hours to complete. Participants will engage in self-assessment, case study scenarios and learning assessment activities while working through the various elements in the programme. The design allows you to work through the various sections in your own time and you do not have to complete the online programme in one sitting.

In advance of administering vaccinations and emergency medicines, pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: PSI website

You must be logged in to book a place on this programme. 

The aim of this training is to enable pharmacists to:

  • Diagnose and treat hypoglycaemia
  • Refresh their knowledge on the properties and usage of glucagon
  • Supply and administer glucagon in emergency situations in line with SI 449 of 2015
  • Manage possible side effects or adverse events resulting from administration of glucagon
  • Store glucagon in line with the SmPC
  • Make appropriate records following supply and administration of glucagon in an emergency
  • To provide pharmacists with the knowledge to provide emergency care to patients with diabetes
12 Oct, 2021

Diagnosis and Treatment of a Severe Angina Attack and the Supply and Administration of Glyceryl Trinitrate Training Course (2021)

Start date
Location
Online Training Programme
Free

Diagnosis and Treatment of a Severe Angina Attack and the Supply and Administration of Glyceryl Trinitrate Training Programme

This programme is a fully online and self-directed training programme, designed and delivered by NICPLD. The programme aims to help you acquire new knowledge and provide you with opportunities to develop skills in reviewing the literature on clinical studies.  It also aims to assist you in interpreting the clinical evidence presented and derive your own conclusions based on this evidence.

As the programme is online and self-directed, it is designed to be interactive and may take approximately two hours to complete. Participants will engage in self-assessment, case study scenarios and learning assessment activities while working through the various elements in the programme. The design allows you to work through the various sections in your own time and you do not have to complete the online programme in one sitting.

In advance of administering vaccinations and emergency medicines, pharmacists should review the PSI training requirements to ensure they have completed all the required training programmes. The PSI training requirements can be viewed here: PSI website

You must be logged in to book a place on this programme. 

The aim of this training is to enable pharmacists to:

  • Diagnose and treat a severe angina attack
  • Refresh their knowledge on the properties and usage of glyceryl trinitrate
  • Supply and administer glyceryl trinitrate in emergency situations in line with S.I. No. 449/2015
  • Identify exclusion criteria and precautions associated with glyceryl trinitrate use
  • Manage possible side effects or adverse events resulting from administration of glyceryl trinitrate
  • Store glyceryl trinitrate in line with the SmPC
  • Make appropriate records following supply and administration of glyceryl trinitrate in an emergency
12 Oct, 2021

Delivery of Pharmacy Services in Residential Care (2022)

Start date
Location
Online Training Course
Cost
Free

This self-directed online training programme aims to provide pharmacists with the information they require to provide pharmacy services to residents in care settings. Through the learning on this programme, pharmacists will become familiar with their regulatory requirements when providing services to residential care facilities along with the practical aspects of providing the service. The programme should take approximately two hours to complete.

The learning objective it met through achievement of the learning outcomes below.

At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

  • Describe the different types of residential care
  • Describe the legislation and regulation governing residential care home services
  • Identify staff training requirements for different residential care homes and how the pharmacist could be involved in addressing them
  • List the minimum Standard Operating Procedures that would be required for the delivery of pharmacy services to residential care
  • Identify the different patient/resident groups within residential care homes
  • Determine the different challenges in providing pharmacy services to different population groups
  • Recognise the human rights issues that need to be considered when providing care to individual patients in a residential care home
  • Describe an MPAR (Medicines Prescriptions and Administration Record)
  • Identify areas where the pharmacist can assist homes to manage medicines.
  • Identify the 10 rights of medicines administration
  • Understand the common issues with specific medications
  • Identify practical problems that may arise with medicine management within a residential care home
  • Identify the challenges of going beyond the supply of medications to ensuring safe administration of medicines
  • Describe a Medication Reconciliation and Medication Review
  • Understand the importance of error reporting and management

The programme contains three modules of learning content;

  • Residents and settings
  • Medicines Management
  • Operation’s and Inter-professional Collaboration

With a fourth module containing practice scenarios to allow pharmacists to consider their learning in a practical way.

23 Nov, 2021

Reflective Practice & my Continuing Professional Development

Start date
Location
Online
Free

The Irish Institute of Pharmacy was established to oversee the management of the continuing professional development (CPD) system for the pharmacy profession in Ireland.

The aim of this webinar is to support pharmacists with their own continued professional development and reflective practice.  This information webinar is hosted by a peer support pharmacist and designed to provide support to pharmacists on how to write reflectively and to discuss how we as pharmacists undertake reflective practice.

    Notifications and Reminders containing the access information for this event will be sent to the email address registered on your IIOP account. This information can also be found by clicking 'Go to Course' and accessing the 'Announcements' area. This webinar will not be recorded.

     

    This event will include: 

    • What is reflective practice and how does it link to my CPD?
    • The benefits of reflective practice
    • Reflective Writing samples
    • Group discussion
    • An opportunity to ask any questions you might have

    Note: There are separate ePortfolio Review information events that provide specific support and guidance to pharmacists called for ePortfolio Review. You can book one of these webinars here.

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    24 Nov, 2021

    Harm Reduction and Opioid Substitution Treatment (2022)

    Start date
    Location
    Online Training Course
    Cost
    Free

    This programme has been developed by the Health Service Executive (Addiction Services) as one of a number of CPD programmes for pharmacists in the area of addiction.  

    This programme is an online programme and comprises two modules: (1) Harm Reduction and; (2) Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST). Harm Reduction is intended as an introductory module and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  The main module "Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST)" takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  

    You must be logged in to book a place on this programme.

    At the end of this programme you will be able to:

    • define harm reduction and its role in treating people who use drugs;
    • describe the role of pharmacy in implementing harm reduction services;
    • identify the legal requirements and practice guidance from the PSI relevant to opioid substitution treatment (OST) that will help you practice legally;
    • describe the pharmacology of OST;
    • describe the elements of an OST programme to ensure safe and rational supply of opioid agonist medication;
    • identify actions to enhance the provision of harm reduction services in the pharmacy.
    26 Nov, 2021

    Brief Intervention and Needle Provision Service (2022)

    Start date
    Location
    Online Training Course
    Free

    This programme has been developed by the Health Service Executive (Addiction Services) as one of a number of CPD programmes for pharmacists in the area of addiction.  

    The programme can be taken entirely online and comprises two modules: (1) Brief Intervention in Pharmacy Harm Reduction Services and; (2) Needle and Foil Provision. Each module takes approximately one hour to complete.

    You must be logged in to book a place on this programme.

    Four learning outcomes have been identified for this programme.  At the end of this programme you will:

    • be able to describe what is meant by brief intervention and its role in pharmacy harm reduction services (such as Opioid treatment provision or needle and syringe programme (NSP);
    • be able to identify elements required for delivery of a safe, quality pharmacy NSP;
    • have the necessary knowledge and skills to support the development of policies and procedures required for implementation of a NSP;
    • be able to identify actions to enhance the delivery of a NSP in the pharmacy.
    01 Dec, 2021

    Medication Without Harm (2021)

    Start date
    Location
    Online Training Course
    Cost
    Free

    The aim of this online training is to help you reduce severe, avoidable medication related harm by applying the concepts of Know, Check, Ask and person-centred care.

    By completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Describe the WHO’s Patient Safety Challenge, Medication without Harm.
    • Assess the burden of harm associated with each of the 3 contributors to medication related harm (transitions of care, high risk situations and polypharmacy).
    • Evaluate the roles of various healthcare professionals in medication use.
    • Apply the concepts of the HSE Know, Check, Ask campaign and person-centred care to your practice.
    02 Dec, 2021

    Supporting your Patients with a Chronic Respiratory Illness (2022)

    Start date
    Location
    Online Training Course
    Free

    The aim of this self-directed, online programme is to provide an overview of respiratory illness, medicines used to treat respiratory illness and devices used for delivery of these medicines. The programme will provide guidance on how pharmacists, practicing in primary care, can support patient’s self-management of their respiratory illness.

    The programme is fully on-line and should take 2-3 hours to complete.

    You must be logged in to the IIOP website to book a place on this training programme.

    Module 1: Respiratory Illness in Ireland (30 min approx.)

    Aim: To provide an overview of common respiratory illnesses and direct pharmacists to sources of further information.

    At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

    · Describe the burden of respiratory disease in Ireland

    · Define the most common respiratory illnesses in Ireland (COPD and Asthma) including causes, risk-factors, prevention (where applicable) and incidence in Ireland

    · Identify patient support groups for each of the illnesses

    · Identify education and patient information leaflets patients and carers should receive from their treating hospital/ other sources on diagnosis and for ongoing management of their illness

     

    Module 2: Medicines Management (45 min approx.)

    Aim: To further build on pharmacist’s knowledge of medicines used to treat respiratory illness and devices used for delivery of these medicines.

    At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

    · Describe the GINA (asthma) and GOLD (COPD) statements in relation to control of each chronic respiratory illness

    · Describe the different medications used to treat respiratory illnesses

    · Identify medications to prevent exacerbations and control symptoms and those to treat an exacerbation of the illness

    · explain the benefits, side-effects and interactions of inhaled medications and oral medications to treat respiratory conditions

    · identify the role of relievers and preventers in respiratory illness

    · detail the equivalent doses of inhaled corticosteroids

    · relay the benefits and issues with combination inhalers

    · be able to describe the types of inhalers currently available, their underlying principles, design and functionality, and highlight the similarities and differences between them and demonstrate the correct use of each of these devices

    · provide advice regarding the most appropriate inhaler device for a particular patient group and advise on the use of spacer devices and nebulisers where appropriate

    · have insight into the factors contributing to the effectiveness of inhaler therapy (including common mistakes made by patients) and ways to optimise treatment outcomes

    · be equipped with the knowledge and resources to explain and demonstrate the importance of a correct inhaler technique to patients

    · understand the patient requirements for an ideal inhaler device and support a personalised approach to inhaler therapy.

     

    Module 3: Supporting Patient Self-Management (30 min approx.)

    Aim: To provide guidance to pharmacists on how they can support patient’s self-management of their respiratory illness.

    At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

    · Describe what patient self-management is including self-care plans

    · Provide advice to patients on living well with a respiratory illness e.g. the importance of vaccination, smoking cessation (if applicable) exercise and diet

    · identify tools which can help patients determine if their respiratory illness is well controlled (Asthma and COPD) how to monitor control and steps to take if control deteriorates

    · explain the complications that may develop due to poor control

    · Describe pulmonary rehabilitation and when it is used

    03 Dec, 2021
    Accredited Online Programmes

    Biosimilars: Supporting Your Patients (2022)

    Start date
    Free

    This course looks at biological medicines and biosimilars. Compared to conventional small molecule drugs, biological medicines are larger and more complex molecules. While there are many types of biological medicines, the majority are therapeutic proteins, and these are the focus of this course.

    The programme should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

    The learning objective is met through achievement of the learning outcomes below.

    At the end of this module, pharmacists will be able to;

    • Understand how biological medicines are developed and approved by regulatory agencies
    • Describe the legal and regulatory considerations important to clinical practice
    • Define biosimilars
    • Understand the safety considerations if switching brands of a biological medicine
    • Discuss the importance of education for healthcare professionals and patients

    The course is laid out in six lessons followed by case-based scenarios.

    Lesson 1: Biological Medicines – an Introduction

    • Understand why biological medicines are important for you and your patient
    • Outline the history of the development of biological medicines
    • Understand the key differences between small molecule medicines and biological medicines

    Lesson 2: Development of Biological Medicines

    • Understand that the living organisms used to produce a biological medicine are naturally variable
    • Understand how the product is defined by the manufacturing process for biological medicines
    • Outline the scientific principles used to ensure that quality, safety and efficacy is consistently maintained
    • Discuss the concept of immunogenicity and its importance

    Lesson 3: Biosimilars

    • Define a biosimilar
    • Outline key differences between biosimilar and novel biological medicine regulatory pathways
    • Understand how scientific principles used to ensure batch to batch similarity for the reference medicine are used to confirm biosimilarity
    • Potential advantages biosimilars bring for the patient

    Lesson 4: Interchangeability

    • Define interchangeability, switching and automatic substitution
    • Outline current regulations and legislation in Ireland
    • Knowledge of recommendations relating to switching in the Irish health service
    • Knowledge of the management of biological medicines on the High Tech Hub

    Lesson 5: Pharmacovigilance

    • Understand that the safety considerations for a biosimilar and its reference medicine are the same
    • Understand all newly approved biological medicines are “black triangle”
    • Understand that traceability is essential for pharmacovigilance of biological medicines

    Lesson 6: Education

    • On successful completion of this section, you will be able to discuss the importance of education and the role of pharmacists

    Lesson 7: Case-based Scenarios

    03 Dec, 2021

    ePortfolio Review Webinar Tuesday 7 December 2021

    Start date
    Location
    Webinar
    Free

    Have you been called for ePortfolio Review this year? Are you unsure about what’s expected and how to prepare? Then this webinar is for you. This information webinar is hosted by a peer support pharmacist and will specifically focus on the key requirements of the review so that you will know exactly what to expect at each point in the process.


    Notifications and Reminders containing the access information for this event will be sent to the email address registered on your IIOP account. This information can also be found by clicking 'Go to Course' and accessing the 'Announcements' area. 

    This will include:

    • Sharing the background as to how the process has evolved
    • The key timelines for the review
    • An introduction to the ePortfolio Review training support resources
    • Opportunity to ask any questions on the process

    Note: Whilst this event is geared towards pharmacists that have been selected for this year’s ePortfolio Review, any pharmacists that are interested in learning more about the ePortfolio Review process are welcome to participate.

    07 Dec, 2021

    Introduction to CPD Webinar Monday 13 December 2021

    Start date
    Location
    Webinar
    Cost
    Free

    The Irish Institute of Pharmacy was established to oversee the management of the continuing professional development (CPD) system for the pharmacy profession in Ireland.

    We know that getting started with a new way of working can be daunting, so each month we hold an introductory webinar for new members, and people who are just getting started using their IIOP ePortfolio.

    Notifications and Reminders containing the access information for this event will be sent to the email address registered on your IIOP account. This information can also be found by clicking 'Go to Course' and accessing the 'Announcements' area.

    This event will give an overview of: 

    • The background to the Institute of Pharmacy
    • The CPD system for Irish pharmacists
    • The quality assurance system for Irish pharmacists 
    • A practical demonstration of how to use the IIOP ePortfolio and CCSAT
    • A practical demonstration of how to access the IIOP online courses
    13 Dec, 2021

    ePortfolio Review Webinar Wednesday 15 December 2021

    Start date
    Location
    Webinar
    Free

    Have you been called for ePortfolio Review this year? Are you unsure about what’s expected and how to prepare? Then this webinar is for you. This information webinar is hosted by a peer support pharmacist and will specifically focus on the key requirements of the review so that you will know exactly what to expect at each point in the process.


    Notifications and Reminders containing the access information for this event will be sent to the email address registered on your IIOP account. This information can also be found by clicking 'Go to Course' and accessing the 'Announcements' area

    This will include:

    • Sharing the background as to how the process has evolved
    • The key timelines for the review
    • An introduction to the ePortfolio Review training support resources
    • Opportunity to ask any questions on the process

    Note: Whilst this event is geared towards pharmacists that have been selected for this year’s ePortfolio Review, any pharmacists that are interested in learning more about the ePortfolio Review process are welcome to participate.

    15 Dec, 2021

    ePortfolio Review Webinar Tuesday 11 January 2022

    Start date
    Location
    Webinar
    Free

    Have you been called for ePortfolio Review this year? Are you unsure about what’s expected and how to prepare? Then this webinar is for you. This information webinar is hosted by a peer support pharmacist and will specifically focus on the key requirements of the review so that you will know exactly what to expect at each point in the process.


    Notifications and Reminders containing the access information for this event will be sent to the email address registered on your IIOP account. This information can also be found by clicking 'Go to Course' and accessing the 'Announcements' area. 

    This will include:

    • Sharing the background as to how the process has evolved
    • The key timelines for the review
    • An introduction to the ePortfolio Review training support resources
    • Opportunity to ask any questions on the process

    Note: Whilst this event is geared towards pharmacists that have been selected for this year’s ePortfolio Review, any pharmacists that are interested in learning more about the ePortfolio Review process are welcome to participate.

    11 Jan, 2022

    ePortfolio Review Webinar Tuesday 25 January 2022

    Start date
    Location
    Webinar
    Free

    Have you been called for ePortfolio Review this year? Are you unsure about what’s expected and how to prepare? Then this webinar is for you. This information webinar is hosted by a peer support pharmacist and will specifically focus on the key requirements of the review so that you will know exactly what to expect at each point in the process.


    Notifications and Reminders containing the access information for this event will be sent to the email address registered on your IIOP account. This information can also be found by clicking 'Go to Course' and accessing the 'Announcements' area. 

    This will include:

    • Sharing the background as to how the process has evolved
    • The key timelines for the review
    • An introduction to the ePortfolio Review training support resources
    • Opportunity to ask any questions on the process

    Note: Whilst this event is geared towards pharmacists that have been selected for this year’s ePortfolio Review, any pharmacists that are interested in learning more about the ePortfolio Review process are welcome to participate.

    25 Jan, 2022