Acute Illness for Clinical Pharmacists Course

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"In depth insight into the clinical skills required to practice as a minor ailment specialist. A build-upon learning during university prescribing course. An essential training course to improve knowledge and practical skills to attain confidence in minor ailment clinics. 5*. Recommended for either initial training or refresher course."
Andrew Hogan, Boots Pharmacist

Pharmacists: Our multidisciplinary three-day Clinical Skills course includes access to a pre-course e-learning module which covers all the relevant examination techniques. Attendance at this course will give you a grounding in the basic skills, but it will not, on its own, equip you to run an acute illness service. In order to be recognised as competent to run such a service in the eyes of CQC and your indemnity provider you will need to obtain a recognised qualification. If you would like to study for the Nmic Diploma then after completing this face to face course you would undertake one further Nmic online module in evidence-based practice (2 hours), submit five assignments and complete 105 hours of supervised practice in your place of work. You would need to find a mentor who will supervise you and sign off your Manual of Clinical Competencies. The mentor could be a GP or Minor Illness Specialist Clinician with at least two years' experience who also holds a mentoring qualification. The Nmic Diploma must be completed within twelve months of attending the face to face course; the cost of the Diploma is £700. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Commissioners: In 2016 the very experienced GP's at Nmic were commissioned by CPPE to develop and deliver a bespoke course called "Acute Illness in Primary Care" for clinical pharmacists on the national GPPTP pathway. These courses have evaluated extremely well (see below). We can offer commissioners a similar course for groups of independent GP pharmacists. This is a three-day face to face course which includes a copy of our Minor Illness Manual (5th edition), a USB stick with course handouts and many other resources, and access to NMIC's online pre-course modules. Attendees also receive a voucher giving them six months' access to the members' section of our website, with email alerts to important changes in guidance. In 2018 NMIC was commissioned by the local STP to develop and provide a one-day "Red Flag" course for the community pharmacists in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes. To accompany this course, we wrote "The Little Book of Red Flags", which is designed to quickly alert pharmacists to those symptoms which suggest serious disease and therefore need urgent clinical assessment. Please contact us to commission a "Red Flag" or "Acute Illness in Primary Care" course for the pharmacists in your locality.

Feedback from the CPPE-funded "Acute Illness for Pharmacists" courses:

  • The best training session I've been on to date!
  • Brilliant, thought-provoking sessions
  • Gina and Ian were very knowledgeable and approachable
  • Very attentive, patient, supportive, clever and brilliant!
  • Excellent interaction and always willing to listen and discuss
  • Very knowledgeable and practical and at a level suitable for pharmacists. Ran to time

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