Training for the Supply and Administration of Emergency Medicines and Vaccinations


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The Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP), in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), developed a modular system for training pharmacists in the Supply and Administration of Emergency Medicines and Vaccinations. This system is reflected in the Vaccination Training for pharmacists and Emergency Medicines training for pharmacists set out by the PSI and comprises 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 

 Information on the specific courses can be found in the table below:

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Course Format

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Course Information

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  CPR   Face-to-face   Information on suitable courses available here  
  Medicines Administration   Face-to-face   Hibernian Healthcare accredited provider. Further information available here  
  Diagnosis and Treatment of Suspected Narcotic (i.e. Opioid) Overdose and the Supply and Administration of Naloxone   Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)   Dates available from the Accredited Online Programmes tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  Responding to an Emergency Situation including the Management of Anaphylaxis   Online   Available to book from the Vaccinations tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  Delivery of a Pharmacy-based Vaccination Service   Online   Available to book from the Vaccinations tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  The Administration of Influenza Vaccination   Online   Will be available from mid August 2024  
  The Administration of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination   Online   Available to book from the Vaccinations tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  The Administration of Herpes Zoster Vaccination   Online   Available to book from the Vaccinations tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypoglycaemia and the Supply and Administration of Glucagon   Online   Available to book from the Accredited Online Programmes tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  Diagnosis and Treatment of a Severe Angina Attack and the Supply and Administration of Glyceryl Trinitrate   Online   Available to book from the Accredited Online Programmes tab at the All Courses & Events link  
  Diagnosis and Treatment of an Acute Asthmatic Attack and the Supply and Administration of Salbutamol Training Programme   Online   Available to book from the Accredited Online Programmes tab at the All Courses & Events link