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Independent prescribing in community pharmacy pathfinder programme: essential skills workshop

  • Released: 10/2023
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 9h:30m

The aim of this workshop is to develop the history-taking and clinical assessment skills of pharmacist independent prescribers working in community pharmacy to assess patients with acute presentations, with a specific focus on ear, nose, and throat presentations, as part of the Independent Prescribing in Community Pharmacy Pathfinder Programme.

Learning outcomes

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

  • apply tools and techniques to demonstrate a structured person-centred approach to clinical history-taking
  • identify and describe the significance of red flags when taking a history
  • recognise the presentation of sepsis
  • demonstrate a safe and effective closure to the consultation including safety netting and signposting, and identify when it is appropriate to refer patients an alternative healthcare provider, such as a GP
  • complete an accurate and concise clinical record to support data sharing across healthcare settings and transfer of care
  • interpret and apply clinical assessment test results and findings to aid clinical diagnosis and decisions
  • describe ear, nose and throat examinations.

How to use this programme

When you book onto this workshop, you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning from My Bookings. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, you will be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists