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About the NHS111 IUCCAS Training for pharmacists

Published: 7th March 2018

Pharmacists working in NHS111 or Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Services are being offered fully-funded training to support them in their roles. The training aligns with the new NHS England Integrated Urgent Care service specification, and the newly developed NHS11/ IUC Workforce Blueprint and careers framework.

The training is open to pharmacists new to working in a virtual urgent environment such as NHS111 or an Integrated Urgent Care setting or a minimum of 0.4WTE.

NHS England is supporting the deployment of prescribing pharmacists in Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Service virtual contact centres through salary support and funded training to help increase the prescribing capability and capacity of IUCCAS and reduce the pressure on urgent and emergency care and general practice. 

Once employers have appointed the pharmacist they will be directed by employers to Derby University website for course information and to register for enrolment via email applications will have to be confirmed by the employer and in so doing the employer is also confirming adherence to IUC Pharmacist Programme criteria. 

Pharmacists working in the Integrated Urgent Care Pharmacists Programme will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team as an expert resource. The work will involve handling medicines-related enquiries and issues, undertaking clinical assessment and treatment of minor ailments and prescribing where appropriate, prescribing for repeat prescription requests, and providing self-care advice.  Upon completion, Pharmacists will be able to work confidently in NHS111 and Integrated Urgent Care settings with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver medicines optimisation for the benefit of patients, as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team.

The tailored training, lasting up to 12 months, will enable them to lead on person-centred medicines optimisation in a virtual acute setting helping to improve the access and delivery of urgent care and enhance the quality of care and patient safety.

Pharmacist will also be able to complete an Independent Prescribing course where this meets the service need: pharmacists must meet the GPhC Independent Prescribing Requirements.

The training will be delivered by the University of Derby through a blended learning platform, offering a mixture of online and face to face learning. There will be an induction day (delivered both face-to-face or remotely), followed by the online learning programme, with opportunities for online or placement visit support.

There are several entry points for cohorts over the length of the contract, which ends in April 2020. 

Training will cover a range of skills and competencies informed by HEE training needs assessment, NHS 111 Workforce Development Fund pilots and the NHS 111 IUC Workforce Blueprint.  It will include using video technology for consultation, prescribing using EPS, and answering a range of calls from the simpler NHS 111 medicines-related calls to minor illness, 999 and minor injury calls.

More information is available from the factsheet here