Development of a new qualification to meet the recently revised General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Initial Education & Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians (IET) is underway and will be utilised from September 2019.

Health Education England (HEE) has said the qualification will need to be robust, cost effective and transferable across home countries and will need to be developed in such a way that it will be able to be utilised across a range of funding models.

The Institute for Apprenticeships, General Pharmaceutical Council, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) and the employer-led Pharmacy Trailblazer Group will be fully consulted and engaged with during the development of this qualification to ensure alignment with pharmacy technician apprenticeship standard development and related government policy.

Commenting on the development, Tess Fenn, APTUK president said: “This is excellent news and APTUK [is] looking forward to engaging with the qualifi cation development. It is significant that this will encompass the learning outcomes within the four domains of the initial education and training standards… The qualification curriculum and assessment is crucial in ensuring that trainee pharmacy technicians acquire the knowledge, skill, behaviours and qualities required to support the delivery of national healthcare policies and pharmacy services now and in the future.”

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