Consultation Skills in Pharmacy Practice (2020)

Location: 
Online training course
Event type: 
Online 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

Managing Quality in Pharmacy Practice

Location: 
Online Training Programme
Event type: 
Online Course
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

Management of Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs Training Programme (2020)

Location: 
Online Training Course
Event type: 
Online 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.

Answering Medicines Related Questions in Practice 2020

Location: 
Online training course
Event type: 
Online 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 programme.

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.

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

Location: 
Online training course
Event type: 
Online Course
Cost: 
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

    Diabetes Training Programme

    Location: 
    Online training course
    Event type: 
    Online 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.

    Cardiovascular Risk training programme

    Location: 
    Online training course
    Event type: 
    Online Course
    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.

    Biosimilars: Supporting Your Patients (2020)

    Location: 
    Online Training Programme
    Event type: 
    Online Course
    Cost: 
    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 it 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

     

    Online Training Programme

    Anticoagulation Training Programme

    23/03/2020 - 08:15
    Location: 
    Textile House, 5 Johnson Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
    Event type: 
    Online 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 and indications for anticoagulant therapy
    • describe the mode of action of oral and parenteral anticoagulants
    • advise on the importance of regular INR monitoring for coumarin anticoagulants
    • identify and resolve common medicines management and safety issues in anticoagulated patients
    • follow best evidence-based practice guidance to improve safe use of anticoagulants
    • promote safe use of anticoagulants in pregnant women
    • provide accurate, quality and safe information to patients, their carers and healthcare professionals regarding the safe and appropriate use of anticoagulants
    • encourage and facilitate patient adherence to medicines
    Online Training Programme

    Delivery of Pharmacy Services in Residential Care

    Location: 
    Online Training Programme
    Event type: 
    Online 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.

    Vaccination Online Training Programme

    Administration of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Training Course

    Location: 
    Online Training Course
    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    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
    • Administer pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine to adults
    Vaccination Online Training Programme

    Delivery of a Pharmacy-based Vaccination Service Training Course

    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    Free

    The Delivery of a Pharmacy-based Vaccination Service Training Course covers how to prepare the pharmacist, pharmacy team and premises for the delivery of a vaccination service. You must have a Certificate of Competition 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
    Sample CKR

    Practice Review - Sample Clinical Knowledge Review (CKR)

    Location: 
    Online Training Course
    Event type: 
    Online 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

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

    Location: 
    Online Training Programme
    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    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
    Vaccination Online Training Programme

    Administration of Herpes Zoster Vaccine Training Course

    Location: 
    Online Training Course
    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    Free

    The Administration of Herpes Zoster Training Course enables pharmacists to competently and safely administer the Herpes Zoster Vaccine. 

    The certificate for the Administration of Herpes Zoster 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 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 vaccination in the pharmacy setting
    • Administer herpes zoster vaccine to adults

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

    Location: 
    Online Training Programme
    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    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
    Vaccination Online Training Programme

    Administration of Influenza Vaccine Training Course (2019/2020)

    Location: 
    Online Training Programme
    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    Free

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

    The Administration of Influenza Vaccine Training Course 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 2019/2020 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.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
    • Administer influenza vaccine to adults and children of 10 years and older
    Vaccination Online Training Programme

    Responding to an Emergency Situation Including the Management of Anaphylaxis Training Course

    Location: 
    Online Training Course
    Event type: 
    Vaccination Training
    Cost: 
    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

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Suspected Narcotic (i.e. Opioid) Overdose and the Supply and Administration of Naloxone Training Course

    Date: 
    26/05/2020 - 19:00
    Location: 
    Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross
    Event type: 
    Face-to-Face Course
    Cost: 
    Free

    This blended learning programme is provided by the HSE and includes an online learning programme (2-3 hours) accompanied by an evening workshop (2.5 hours).  Please note that this programme was updated in 2019 subsequent to the introduction of S.I 530 of 2018 which provides for the emergency supply and administration of Naloxone nasal spray by pharmacists, in addition to the existing provisions in place since 2015 for the emergency supply and administration of Naloxone intramuscular injection. Participants will be required to complete pre-course learning, attend the evening event (which includes an OSCE) and complete a  post-course learning assessment prior to obtaining a Certificate.

      Pharmacists who have successfully completed  one of the following  may undertake the Diagnosis and Treatment of Suspected Narcotic (i.e. Opioid) Overdose and the Supply and Administration of Naloxone Programme:

      • Face to face CPR training which meets specified standards - Cardiac First Response Community Level, PreHospital Emergency Care Council or Heartsaver® CPR AED, American Heart Association (AHA)
      • Any other CPR course which the Council of the PSI may recognise from time to time.

      Tea and coffee will be available at the venue from 18:30 and the session will commence promptly at 19:00.

      26 May, 2020