Pharmacy Services Assistant Apprenticeship
The Pharmacy Services Assistant Standard provides learners with skills and knowledge regarding a variety of pharmacy and medicines services to patients, the public and other professional healthcare teams. The PSA supports the delivery of pharmacy services in a variety of pharmacy environments, covering the following areas:
- Dispensing and supply of medicines and medicinal products
- Team work
- Communication, pharmacy law and ethics
- Person-centred care
- Health and Safety in the workplace
Assessment includes specific knowledge and skills outcomes that are accompanied by behavioural standards which must be demonstrated as part of the apprenticeship across all areas.
On completion of this programme candidates will also be issued with a Buttercups dispensing assistant certificate which meets the GPhC minimum training requirements for dispensing assistants / pharmacy assistants.
To be eligible for apprenticeship funding, the following criteria must be met:
- Learners must work under the supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or other accountable healthcare professional
- Learners must live and work in England and have been a resident in the EU for a minimum of 3 years
- Learners cannot be in full time education and must be aged 16 years old or above
- Learners must hold a National Insurance number
- Learners must hold a contract of employment and be working a minimum of 21 contracted hours per week
- Learners cannot be enrolled onto another government funded programme
- Learners cannot hold a level 4 qualification or above, unless the qualification is "materially different" from the apprenticeship in pharmacy framework. Any queries in relation to prior qualifications and their content in relation to the apprenticeship programme will be passed to our chief pharmacist
- At least 20% off-the-job training must be delivered, in relation to the apprentice's contracted working hours. Off-the-job training includes online learning, practical training through shadowing and mentoring, alongside learning support and time spent writing assessments and assignments towards the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the standard. Buttercups Training will work with the employer to agree a training plan prior to enrolment. Please note, time within work for any Functional Skills courses must be allowed in addition to the 20% off-the-job training.
- Learners must be on programme for a minimum of 12 months from their start date with Buttercups Training if they are contracted to work 30 hours or above. For learners who are contracted to work 21-29 hours per week, the minimum duration of the programme will be extended, pro rata.
Buttercups Training has direct contracts with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to access funding for the Pharmacy Services Assistant apprenticeship.
Buttercups Training continues to have capacity for apprenticeship starts for all age groups (16+). Please contact us to discuss how you can make the best use of your levy pot.
Non-Levy-Paying (SME) Employers Update
The current government apprenticeship funding contract year finishes at the end of July. As such, any new enrolment requests must be received by mid-June for enrolments before the end of July. For applications received after mid-June, Buttercups is accepting applications, but planned starts for these apprentices would be from late August.
Non-Levy-Paying (SME) Employers
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have released access to funding for small and medium sized employers via the Digital Apprenticeship Service account. The current guidance states this funding will be available until Autumn 2020 and allows an employer to reserve funding for a maximum of 3 apprentices.
If you are interested in apprenticeships, please contact us by phone or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on how to start the process to access the funding through the Digital Apprenticeship Service system.
As always, we are able to offer non-funded programmes for the training needs of any learners. The following non-funded options are available for non-levy paying employers:
|Apprenticeship programme||Non-funded alternative 1||Non-funded alternative 2|
|Level 2 Pharmacy Services Assistant Standard||Dispensing Assistant Course (GPhC accredited and equivalent to level two)||Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills OR Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (No GPhC Registrant Supervision)|
|Pharmacy Technician (Integrated)||Pharmacy Technician Training Programme||Dispenser Development Programme for Dispensing Doctors (appropriate for dispensing doctors practices, or dispensaries with no pharmacist or pharmacy technician on site)|
Further information on these alternatives including costs and durations, can be accessed via the above links.