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Medicines optimisation in care homes essential skills - residential workshop (Days 3 and 4)

  • Released: 06/2018
  • Reviewed: N/A

Please note: this event is for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians participating in the Medicines optimisation in care homes training for pharmacy professionals pathway.

The aim of this two day residential workshop is to support pharmacy professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to carry out effective communication and consultations, and to introduce basic history-taking and clinical assessment skills in a care home setting.

Learning objectives

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

Day 3

  • apply key skills to communicate effectively with people in a care home setting
  • apply key skills, models and techniques that support a person-centred approach
  • describe considerations that should be made when undertaking consultations with older people, children and young adults and people with learning disabilities
  • critique your own consultation practice and that of your peers using a reflective tool
  • demonstrate a greater confidence in delivering a person-centred approach to the consultation

Day 4

  • apply a mnemonic when initiating a consultation
  • describe the components of taking a history
  • identify red flags for older people
  • demonstrate the seven-step technique for hand-washing in a clinical setting
  • demonstrate how to measure blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry and peak flow.

How to use this programme

There is no pre-workshop book associated with this residential workshop. However, you are advised to complete all Units up to and including Unit 6 of the 'Care homes: medicines optimisation essentials for pharmacy professionals' e-course before attending the workshop. At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians