Supporting the pharmacy workforce of tomorrow

As market leaders in healthcare qualifications, we’ve collaborated with pharmacy experts to bring you a new Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians.

Michelle Bradburn, Pharmacy Lecturer at Preston College, is one of the subject experts we worked with during the development of the qualification. The support from Michelle and other experts in the sector helped us to gain a recommendation for approval from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). This means that our qualification will provide a direct route into employment and allow your learners to register as Pharmacy Technicians upon completion.

A wealth of sector experience

Michelle commented on her wealth of experience in the sector, which makes her input to our development invaluable: “My current role is Commercial Pharmacy Lead and IQA at Preston College which involves managing, delivering and the IQA of two level 4 pharmacy qualifications. As part of my job role, I liaise closely with employers and Health Education England to ensure the quality and relevance of the qualifications.

“When I left school I began working at Boots Chemist as a Medicines Counter Assistant, where I advised customers on and sold over the counter medicines. I really enjoyed helping the customers and became fascinated with medicines, their uses and effects.

“I then went on to qualify as a Dispenser. As I did more research into pharmacy roles, I learned more about the diverse roles and opportunities available for Pharmacy Technicians working in hospitals. I started a student Pharmacy Technician role within a local hospital, and later qualified as a Pharmacy Technician. I’ve worked in a variety of exciting areas including aseptics, hospital wards, dispensary management, domiciliary visits, prison services, primary care, and more recently pharmacy education.”

Collaboration in action

Michelle’s role during the development of our Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians was as a subject expert advisor.

Michelle continued: “It was great to support CACHE with the development of this qualification, to ensure it meets the needs of the Pharmacy Technician Workforce of the future. I reviewed and developed documents, as well as provided advice and guidance on the suitability of processes, materials, content and information from a pharmacy and GPhC point of view. I’ve also supported with the production of sample assessments for some of the units.

Supporting the pharmacy workforce of tomorrow

“The Level 3 Diploma covers the GPhC standards required by Pharmacy Technicians. It provides both the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the development of the new Pharmacy Technician workforce. This qualification also ensures that from candidate selection, through to completion and certification, candidates, employers and providers work closely together to provide each candidate with an individual learning plan, ongoing support and guidance.

“I would highly recommend this qualification as it is approved by the GPhC and has been written with the input of pharmacy professionals.”

“The external quality assurance processes are robust, therefore helping to ensure the quality of delivery and the support of the candidates undertaking the qualification. Additionally from a centre point of view, the specification is well laid out and easy to follow. CACHE provides template documents which can be used by centres, so there is no need for centres to develop their own.”

Approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council

Receiving approval from the GPhC means that your learners have a direct route into employment and will be able to register as Pharmacy Technicians upon completion of the Level 3 Diploma, helping to support the pharmacy workforce of the future.

Michelle discussed the importance of this approval: “As a registered Pharmacy Technician I ensure that I work to the professional standards required by the GPhC. This is also the case with the students which I have taught over the years. The planning, delivery and assessment of pharmacy qualifications which I have been involved in, has also been very much determined by the GPhC professional standards and requirements.

“The approval of the CACHE qualification from GPhC is vitally important and ensures the quality of the qualification and its quality assurance processes. It means that the qualification covers the standards required by Pharmacy Technicians and enables them to apply for GPhC registration once they have successfully completed the qualification.

“My experience of working with CACHE was a positive one and I felt like a valuable member of the team. My comments and advice were taken on board and I have developed positive working relationships with many members of the team, who I have kept in touch with.”

Find out more about this qualification at cache.org.uk/pharmacy