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Assembly Hub Course

The Assembly Hub Course covers the practical and legal aspects of working in an assembly hub, for those involved in the assembly and supply of medicines and management of stock. The course is accredited by the GPhC, providing the underpinning knowledge required to perform the role of a dispensing assistant within the assembly hub.

Course Details
Online Course Cost
£165 (Exc VAT)
Course Category
12 Months

Entry Criteria

This course is for support staff who work in an assembly hub undertaking training to become a dispensing assistant.

How is the course delivered?

All our courses are delivered by blended learning, via the b-Hive learning system. The course comprises 9 modules, end-of-module quizzes to assess knowledge, Virtual Pharmacy tasks to assess competence, activity books to be signed off by the training supervisor and a Final Test administered under exam conditions.


As well as online access to results and our FAQ section, learners can talk to dedicated tutors year-round, including at evenings and weekends, via our out of hours helpline. In addition, learners are supported throughout their course by a training supervisor who is nominated on enrolment to review and invigilate work based activities and assessments, ensuring the learner is competent in the workplace. To aid them in this role the training supervisor will have access to the b-Hive Learner Analytics dashboard through which they can easily filter and view the progress and expected progress of their learner(s). This dashboard will display real-time data to provide a snapshot of whether a learner is on target or requires further support on a particular area of the course.

Course Features
Online learning on any device allowing learners to study at home, work or on the go
Interactive quizzes and content throughout the course
Print friendly - our online courses are optimised for printing, even allowing completion of interactive content using QR codes on a smartphone
Accessibility mode enabling those with additional needs to work through the course online
New online end of module tests with instant feedback
New Final Test in our online Test Zone
Real-time course tracking in b-Hive Analytics for the training supervisor
Course Content

An introduction to pharmacy and to the learner's role as a Dispensing Assistant working in an assembly hub.

An introduction to the team, the customers and the working environment. Learners will also learn about the rules and regulations that are in place to help keep them and the public safe.

Covers communication and teamwork, both of which are essential to the way in which the assembly hub operates and to ensuring there is team accountability for patient safety.

Introduces learners to the knowledge required to assist with the assembly process, including: assembly hub layout, equipment and facilities, calculations and abbreviations which underpin the assembly processes.

Takes learners through the practical processes and skills required to safely and hygienically assemble medicines, including performing the necessary checks as they go through the assembly process.

The learner will learn how to order, receive, maintain and issue assembly hub stock, along with any administrative tasks associated with these processes.

Focuses on the additional legislation and procedures required for handling and dispensing controlled drugs safely.

This module introduces the concept of clinical governance, including error monitoring, error reduction, audits, information governance, whistleblowing and quality payments.

This module focuses on how healthcare and pharmacy fit in with the National Health Service and gives learners an awareness of organisations that play a key role in shaping pharmacy. It also introduces learners to the concept of continuing professional development.