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NHS repeat dispensing

  • Released: 11/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/2014
  • Study time: 6h:0m

This unit provides key information about repeat dispensing and the practical implications of implementing the service. It includes a number of useful templates that are available to download. If your learning community is multi-disciplinary, Booklet 2 provides activities which involve both pharmacy and GP practice teams. The unit considers: - the rules and regulations governing repeat dispensing - the practical implications of implementing a repeat dispensing service - how to provide a safe, efficient and expandable repeat dispensing service to patients and local prescribers.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:

  • describe how the NHS repeat dispensing arrangements in England operate
  • identify the key service requirements of repeat dispensing
  • explain repeat dispensing (and its benefits) to a patient and assess if the service is suitable for them
  • implement a safe and efficient repeat dispensing service
  • write a standard operating procedure (SOP) for dispensing that adequately covers repeat dispensing
  • list the benefits, processes and potential issues associated with repeat dispensing from a prescriber, practice staff and pharmacy perspective.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees