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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.