Technicians get first ‘indefinite’ NPA Accuracy in Dispensing certificate

The latest pharmacy technicians to pass the NPA Accuracy in Dispensing (AID) course were presented with their certificates last week. Five technicians undertook the final assessment for the AID course at the NPA’s head office in St Albans on Thursday 9th August.

Previously, AID certificates were valid for only two years, after which accuracy checkers had to be re-assessed every two years in order to renew their qualification. Following recent changes to AID procedures, AID certificates issued to GPhC-registered technicians are now valid indefinitely and have no expiry date.

Pharmacy Technician, Deborah Coulson (pictured, right), of Haywards Chemist in Enfield, London, is one of the first to receive the new indefinite AID certificates from the NPA. She said the course has “definitely” given her the appropriate skills she needs to do her job. “I worked hard for it so I’m really chuffed. It helps the whole pharmacy team and takes the pressure from the pharmacist so he can get to do the things he needs to. We work so well as a team so it will be a big help. I’ll still be keeping logs but it’s good I don’t have to do the exam again.

“The NPA has been really good and they’ve always been able to support me over the phone whenever I’ve needed it. I enjoyed the coursework but I enjoy learning and reading regardless so it’s something I will continue to do.”

She added: “It’s good to know the pharmacy team I work with have got the confidence in me to do this.”

Alan Zangana (pictured, left), Education and Training Pharmacist at the NPA said: “The NPA’s Accuracy in Dispensing (AID) course equips technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to allow them to check dispensed items with high accuracy and confidence. Having a trained and competent accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) greatly benefits the pharmacy by freeing up time for the pharmacist to conduct services, by helping the dispensing operations run smoothly, and by instilling the pharmacist and team with confidence and reassurance. Patients can also rest assured that the ACPTs have been trained to a high standard.

“A big congratulations to all the students who passed the AID Final Assessment. Well done to everyone!”

To support pharmacy technicians with their responsibilities, the NPA has produced the following materials:

•  FAQs on the changes to reaccreditation – can be downloaded at: https://www.npa.co.uk/information-and-guidance/66798/

•  ACPT Competency Toolkit containing guidance on best practice/CPD and logs to document checking – free to download at: https://www.npa.co.uk/information-and-guidance/acpt- competency-toolkit/

•  ACPT Competency Workbook + Indefinite  Certificate information and activities to refresh knowledge which has been mapped to National Occupational Standards – available from the Member Services team at £30 +VAT

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