This Just Careers Training S2-S3 course, SIRCHCS201 Support the Supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacy only Medicines meets the requirements of QCPP accreditation.
Participants will cover the following areas;
- Identifying and locating scheduled medicines in the pharmacy
- Addressing customer needs
- Supplying scheduled medicines
Who is this course suitable for?
It is designed for both those who already work in pharmacy and would like to have their skills and knowledge updated and/or formally recognised, as well as for those wishing to enter into a career as a Community Pharmacy Assistant .
All our courses require that some tasks be undertaken in the workplace and under the supervision of the pharmacist. If you are not currently working in pharmacy then please contact us for options.
Participants who complete this course will have gained and or confirmed the following skills and knowledge relating to the role and responsibility of a Pharmacy Assistant when dealing with scheduled medicines (and chosen focus area if applicable) and be issued the statement of attainment;
‘SIRCHCS201 Support the Supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacy only Medicines'
- Communication skills to:
- Interact with the customer to:
- Obtain and provide information
- Confirm understanding
- Suggest and supply medicines and products
- Ask questions to identify and confirm requirements
- Learning skills to maintain currency of the schedule of the SUSMP
- Literacy skills to:
- Follow pharmacy protocols and procedures
- Interpret information on product labels
- Record customer information
- Teamwork skills to operate as part of a pharmacy team, providing relevant information and seeking advice from a pharmacist and other pharmacy staff as required
- Technology skills to access and use information systems required by the role
- Broad factors taken into account when determining scheduling, e.g. quantities and concentration of active ingredients in packaged medicine
- Common problems or health conditions for which Pharmacy Medicines or Pharmacist Only Medicines are used
- Health privacy principles
- Legal requirements and pharmacy procedures for positioning and advertising scheduled items in a pharmacy
- Personal role boundaries and responsibilities, and circumstances under which referral to a pharmacist or other pharmacy staff is required
- Pharmacy protocols and procedures relating to Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines, including:
- Maintaining privacy and confidentiality of customer information
- Referring to a pharmacist
- Supplying Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines
- Roles of the:
- Advisory Committee in Chemicals Scheduling
- Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling
- Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in approving registration of new medicines
- Sources of information on scheduled medicines
- System for scheduling medicines
- Schedule of medicines, including:
- Pharmacy Medicine (S2)
- Pharmacist Only Medicine (S3)
- Prescription Only Medicine (S4)
- Caution (S5)
- Poison (S6)
- Dangerous Poison (S7)
- Controlled Drug (S8)
- Prohibited Substance (S9)
Successful Completion of the course will result in the participant being issued the following statement of attainment:
SIRCHCS201 Support the Supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacy only Medicines
This option involves logging in to the Just Careers Training Online Training Portal. To undertake this course online then you should consider the following;
- You must have access to a PC (or similar) with internet connection
- You must have a valid email address for correspondence and registering for the course
- Access to a printer (We may required document to you if you do not have a printer)
Once enrolled you will receive user name and login details.
In your course you will have access to:
- All the learning resources to help you develop and/or confirm the knowledge required to operate competently as a Pharmacy Assistant when it comes to dealing with scheduled medicines.
- Multiple choice questions (with instant feedback!) and short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
- A document that will allow you to record your skills as well as have them confirmed by a pharmacist
- Other useful resources
Once you have complete the online component then to ensure you have the skills and knowledge, your trainer may (depends on your circumstances and responses online);
- Ask you some verbal questions by telephone to confirm your identity and verify some of the skills and knowledge you have covered
- Speak to your supervisor for confirmation
- Arrange for a visit to your workplace to complete the requirements
- learning activities including role plays and presentations
- Commencing assessments to confirm understanding
- a. Ask you some verbal questions by telephone to confirm your identity and verify some of the skills and knowledge you have covered
- b. Speak to your supervisor for confirmation
- c. Arrange for a visit to your workplace to complete the requirements
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No. However if you are not working in pharmacy you will need to organise a work placement in a pharmacy. Certificate II requires a minimum of 40 hours (10 hours for the first module, 30 hours for the second module). For Certificate III you will need 40 hours for modules 1 and 2(as above) plus 20 hours for Module 3.
No. This may be done in blocks of hours, days or continuously. It is best to pace your work placement in line with how much time you will spend studying. The best thing to arrange at least 10 hours for your first module (the more the better), then arrange for the remainder of your placement once you have seen the work required for the course.
You will need to organise your own work placement. The best way to do this is to introduce yourself to a number of pharmacies (better if they are close by or easy for you to get to). Tell them of your ambitions and that you will be undertaking a certificate in pharmacy. This work may be paid or unpaid (voluntary).
Pharmacies are community centres. We are sure that they will assist you if this is possible. The training company has the required insurances to ensure that you are covered during your work placement. We can provide your host employer with the required documentation.
This depends on how quickly you would like to complete the course and how quickly you can meet the course requirements. Some assessments require that you demonstrate your abilities over time (2 weeks for example). The time listed on our website is a good estimate; however it may be done more quickly.
Once you have enrolled into the course you will receive clear instructions detailing what you need to do. In summary once you have read the learning material (online or in your book), then you will be required to answer a set of questions relating to the information in your learning materials. You will then have to complete a set of tasks in order to demonstrate that you have the skills covered in your learning materials. You will also be required to get the support of a technical expert (usually the pharmacist and /or supervisor in the workplace) who will sign off on a set of checklist, confirming that you have the required skills and that they have observed you on the job. Once you have completed the questions, tasks and supervisor reports in a module these are submitted to your trainer (uploaded online or sent by post). Your work will be marked and you will then receive a phone call from your assessor to discuss your submissions. If you have met the requirements then you will have attained the units covered by the module.
Yes. If you are in paid employment in a pharmacy and you meet a set of eligibility requirements, then your employer may receive incentives from the government. Some employers will even pay the mandatory enrolment fee required for government funded programs. Please contact is for further information on this. If you are receiving Centrelink Payments, then you may be able to apply for assistance from Centrelink - Please contact Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for any assistance.
You will have unlimited email support, as well as limited phone support during your study. You may arrange for additional support; however the program has been designed to ensure you have the required support.
The course is competency based, meaning that you will need to demonstrate competency (skills and knowledge over time at the required level). Due to the good design of this course, if you follow the instructions, you will be able to demonstrate competency. When your trainer marks your work, they will contact you and inform you if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, your trainer will attempt to do this over the phone. If however despite your trainers best attempts you still have not been able to demonstrate competency, you may be required to submit further evidence (redo some questions or tasks for example), There is a reassessment fee should this occur. Please refer to the brochure for your course. Please do remember however, that your trainer is there for your support and in most cases you will not need to resubmit evidence.
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