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    if anybody is interested in retail pharmacy and becoming an act i might be able to give you an insight into it i have been qualified 2 years now and would like to talk to other trainees or qualified acts to see how they are doing or just pass on hints and tips if ou have questions .

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    Act's

    Terri

    The worry most pharmacists is will we be responsible for any mistakes an act makes? We all know anyone can make a mistake, and obviously nobody wants to be the bearer of someone elses error. How do you suppose this possible problem will be addressed?

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    • #3
      i think it is important to remember that when a technician becomes an act they have to realise that the pharmacist is still responsible for not only there errors but the act aswell. I would expect anybody trianing or trained make sure they know the consiquenses as the act can still be struck off or repremanded in the same way as the pharmacist can be.it is not a role to go into or to be taken lightly, i am lucky the pharmacist that trained me was brilliant we also had a lot of trust and faith in each other (very big factors for the role) that trust was built over time, in my case i worked with her for twenty years. the role demands a high level of concentration and proffessionalism i believe i have now checked somewhere in the region of
      30000 items and as yet have had no come backs but have found plenty of near misses which i have to log as part of my re-accreditation process(every two years)the main point of action is to go into the role with a level head and committ yourself to not only protecting yourself but also the pharmacist. in my opinion i would reccomend that you should have at least 6 years experience working in a dispensary and probably be over 25 years old i worked it out that if a 16 year old joined our company they could qualify in just 4 years as an act i am still coming accross different learning curves now and always will be but life experience is a big part of the training your not just checking your solving day to day queries aswell just as a technician.

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      • #4
        Act's

        Terri

        How can an Act be struck off? Can't you just go and get a job as a normal dispenser? If a pharmacist is struck off, that's it, the dole queue. Until they are lucky enough to be re-in stated, if ever.

        the pharmacist is still responsible for not only there errors but the act aswell.
        This is the bit that concerns us all. I understand what you say about trust etc, and you sound very committed, but it's the old "my neck on the block" part that scares most pharmacists.

        If the Society was more supportive to pharmacists, maybe we would not be all so nervous, but all the time it has the one role of policing us nobody trusts it. The thought of being in the dock for a prescription error is bad enough, but to be there for one I haven't even checked is a real worry.
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        • #5
          Re: Act's

          Originally posted by admin
          How can an Act be struck off? Can't you just go and get a job as a normal dispenser? If a pharmacist is struck off, that's it, the dole queue. Until they are lucky enough to be re-in stated, if ever.
          Can't a struck off pharmacist work as a dispenser (I know I've had letters requesting the opportunity - but I don't know if it's allowed or not)

          Jeff

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          • #6
            Jeff

            Interesting point Jeff, I don't know. What do you think of: -


            the pharmacist is still responsible for not only there errors but the act as well
            Does this worry you? Would you be happy to have this arrangement in your dispensary?
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            • #7
              ACT's

              If I was a patient (and not a pharmacist) I think I'd feel safer knowing my prescription has been checked by an experienced ACT rather than by an overworked pharmacist by webcam who's supposed to be supervising up to 3 pharmacies at the same time, which is what could happen in the future if the various articles in the PJ are to be believed...!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by admin
                Jeff

                What do you think of: -


                the pharmacist is still responsible for not only there errors but the act as well
                Does this worry you? Would you be happy to have this arrangement in your dispensary?
                Depends on the ACT. I want the freedom to delegate as I see fit - I'm less sure about my employer telling me who to delegate to.

                I would suspect that in cases of remote supervision the prescriptions would sent by ETP to a hub and be assembled there by robot and delivered to the pharmacy for transfer to the patient.

                Jeff

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                • #9
                  Hi terri
                  please could you give me some advice. I have completed the interact course and would like to progress onto other courses. Would you be able to let me know what other courses that i could apply for.

                  many thanks,

                  diane

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by diane
                    Hi terri
                    please could you give me some advice. I have completed the interact course and would like to progress onto other courses. Would you be able to let me know what other courses that i could apply for.

                    many thanks,

                    diane
                    Depends who you are working for. Lloyds have their own dispensers course and the NPA do one as well - not sure about anyone else.
                    Then there's NVQ level 3 (which follows on from the dispensing course)

                    Jeff

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by diane
                      Hi terri
                      please could you give me some advice. I have completed the interact course and would like to progress onto other courses. Would you be able to let me know what other courses that i could apply for.

                      many thanks,

                      diane
                      Diane

                      Why don't you try sending Terri a personal e-mail from the forum? I know terri, so can contact her for you if you'd like me to.
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                      • #12
                        Hi,

                        yes that would be good if you could contact her for me.

                        many thanks

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                        • #13
                          The Health Act 2006

                          the long awaited health act 2006 has now been given the royal seal of approval (on the 19/7/06).Nothing much has changed from what I can see...there is lot in there about the responsible pharmacist ...the long shot is this fellow will carry the can for any errors .NO pharmacist can supervise more than one shop (except in exceptional circumstances as prescribed by the health minister).He can supervise from outside the premises if the need arises..but not all tasks can be delegated but robust procedures must be in place
                          Some p'cists might need to have additional qualifications before they can assume the role of responsible p'cist.. as if 3 A levels+4 years undergrad+pre-reg+ exams is not enough!...........Well in my opinion its a result..not bad at all .....the future is bright the future is orange or should I say green..very green
                          Last edited by kemzero; 25, July 2006, 12:10 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kemzero
                            Some p'cists might need to have additional qualifications before they can assume the role of responsible p'cist.. as if 3 A levels+4 years undergrad+pre-reg+ exams is not enough

                            How about some training at a local post office so we can get used to being sworn at by old people!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kemzero
                              the long awaited health act 2006 has now been given the royal seal of approval (on the 19/7/06).Nothing much has changed from what I can see...there is lot in there about the responsible pharmacist ...the long shot is this fellow will carry the can for any errors .NO pharmacist can supervise more than one shop (except in exceptional circumstances as prescribed by the health minister).He can supervise from outside the premises if the need arises..but not all tasks can be delegated but robust procedures must be in place
                              Some p'cists might need to have additional qualifications before they can assume the role of responsible p'cist.. as if 3 A levels+4 years undergrad+pre-reg+ exams is not enough!...........Well in my opinion its a result..not bad at all .....the future is bright the future is orange or should I say green..very green
                              The futures green? Is everyone on methadone now?

                              Lively debate is encouraged but please respect the opinions and feelings of others.
                              Please help keep the forum vibrant by spreading the work to friends and colleagues via word of mouth or social media.
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