Lincoln’s pharmacy award

LINCOLNSHIRE Co-operative&#039s Pharmacy Division has responded to the call by Primary Care Trusts for community pharmacies to provide more services to reduce GPs&#039 workload ? and won an...

LINCOLNSHIRE Co-operative&#039s Pharmacy Division has responded to the call by Primary Care Trusts for community pharmacies to provide more services to reduce GPs&#039 workload ? and won an East Midlands Training Award in the process.
The society&#039s training programme for pharmacy technicians means they can take some pressure off pharmacists, and the programme has earned the division a place in the final of the National Training Awards 2004.
Pharmacists had to handle the majority of enquiries while supervising dispensary activities ? leaving them little time to expand their professional roles, explained Diane Gallon, training services pharmacist.
"The aim was to train staff to enable them to develop a more professional and rewarding job and also to enable the trainees to develop themselves," she said.
Staff undergo a course leading to an NVQ level three in pharmacy services. Those achieving the NVQ have shown they can deal with prescriptions, answer medicine-related questions and perform basic dispensing.
Three have extended their roles into smoking cessation clinics, and technicians in 15 branches are involved in drug addiction Pictured: Superintendent Pharmacist Alastair Farquhar accepts the East Midlands Training Award from the athlete Sally Gunnell.

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