Courses: Foundation Programme: Learning resources

The main focus of the Foundation Programme (FP) is on in-practice training and experiential learning in the workplace. This provides FP pharmacists with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and experience in three core patient-facing areas (dispensary services, medicines optimisation (MO) and evidence based practice (EBP)), plus one additional optional area relevant to their area of practice (technical services – hospital, or public health - community / primary care). See below for some learning resources and other information to support each practice area.

Medicines optimisation learning resources:

  1. Adherence online course
  2. Consultation skills online course
  3. Improving patient safety: SBAR
  4. Medicines Use Review online course
  5. Other NICPLD distance learning courses and / or workshops
  6. COMPASS Therapeutic Notes

Medicines optimisation references and useful links:

  1. Case-based scenario example
  2. SBAR summary
  3. Northern Ireland Clinical Pharmacy Standards
  4. NI Pharmacy Forum Clinical Check Guidance
  5. Clinical Check, a quick reference guide (Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  6. Counselling patients on medicines, a quick reference guide (Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  7. Medication history, a quick reference guide (Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  8. Medicines Reconciliation: A Guide to Implementation (NPC)
  9. Medicines Adherence, a quick reference guide (Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  10. Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  11. UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA)
  12. Medicines optimisation: The safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes (NICE guideline 5)
  13. NI Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework