This unit may apply to both front of store and dispensary work roles and is carried out under direction of a pharmacist. There are some minor differences in state and territory regulations relating to the display, storage and sale of these items.
SIRPPKS001A Support the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Maintain protocols and procedures in response to changes in scheduling of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Identify the system used to ensure the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines complies with legislation and pharmacy protocols.
Identify the current schedule of medicines stocked in the pharmacy.
Identify and apply standards relating to the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Participate in updating protocols and procedures for the sale of pharmacy or pharmacist-only medicines.
Monitor location and shelf facings for pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines to meet scheduling requirements.
Support the implementation of protocols and procedures relating to the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Identify and address training needs to support the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Provide current information on pharmacy protocols and procedures in formats accessible and appropriate to staff.
Model the implementation of pharmacy protocols and procedures demonstrate appropriate work behaviours and practice.
This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:
identify and locate advice on changes to scheduling of medicines
access and update relevant information systems on pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines
identify and respond to staff training needs to support the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines as appropriate
demonstrate procedures for selling pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines consistent with pharmacy protocols and procedures
ensure that staff have access to current procedures and product information
oversee stock locations, shelf facing and other product information appropriate to product schedule
provide a mentoring role to others as appropriate to support the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:
legal requirements governing the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines and internal systems to ensure these requirements are met
pharmacy policies, protocols and procedures relating to pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines
system for scheduling medicines:
role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in approving sale of new medicines
role of the National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee (NDPSC) in scheduling medicines
role of the pharmacy registering authorities (state and territory pharmacy boards) in setting standards for the sale of S2 and S3 medicines
broad factors taken into account when determining scheduling, e.g. quantities and concentration of active ingredients in packaged medicine
types of scheduled medicine
legal requirements and pharmacy procedures for maintaining optimal stock levels of scheduled medicines, positioning and advertising scheduled medicines within the pharmacy
procedure and responsibilities to update community pharmacy protocols and procedures
sources of information on scheduled medicines
stock management responsibilities and procedures:
merchandising and advertising requirements and restrictions
shelf facings and related product information
ethical sales principles relating to the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines
sources of advice to support evidence-based assessment of the efficacy of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines
staff development and training arrangements and options
coaching and mentoring techniques appropriate to staff requirements
communication skills to support effective coaching of others as required
role boundaries and responsibilities for assisting the management of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the following is essential:
applies pharmacy protocols and procedures to assist in managing the sale of pharmacy or pharmacist-only medicines, including:
identifying changes to the scheduling of s2 and s3 items in a timely manner
updating pharmacy protocols and procedures to reflect scheduling changes
maintaining stock locations and shelf facings to support item schedule
providing information and support to staff as required to support implementation of revised procedures
providing a role model to others through implementation of appropriate procedures and behaviours
sources current advice on scheduled medicines
updates and maintains information systems
provides information to staff in ways appropriate to their needs and demonstrates appropriate techniques to support mentoring
works within the boundaries of responsibilities and roles to assist in managing the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines and collaborates with other team members as appropriate
plans and carries out work to ensure the timely maintenance of protocols and procedures relating to pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
demonstration of procedures to support the management of pharmacy or pharmacist-only medicines, over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies
performance is observed by the assessor or a technical expert working in partnership with the assessor.
access to a real or simulated workplace environment that meets Pharmacy Board and relevant industry standards for dispensary operations
access to relevant pharmacy standards, protocols and procedures
access to state or territory legislation and guidelines where appropriate
access to information management systems used to manage quality standards and procedures
access to typical pharmacy storage locations, shelf facings and signage for a range of S2 and S3 medicines
access to staff training and development systems and procedures.
Methods of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of the candidate in the workplace assisting the management of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines
written or verbal questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
role plays to confirm communication skills to support staff development and understanding of revised protocols and procedures.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.
Assessing employability skills
Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.
Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically in the context of the job role and with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.
System may include:
a structured quality program, such as the Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP), which includes specific Pharmacist Only and Pharmacy Medicines (POP) standards
other quality programs that address development of policies, protocols and procedures relating to the sale of pharmacist-only and pharmacy medicines.
Scheduled medicines are defined by Standards for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons (SUSDP) and may include:
general medicines (non-scheduled)
pharmacy medicines (S2)
pharmacist-only medicines (S3)
prescription-only medicines (S4)
controlled medicines (S8).
Standards relating to the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines may include:
customer care and advice
pharmacy design and environment - display and storage
pharmacy design and environment - customer consultation
rights and needs of customers.
Training needs may include:
general training related to S2 and S3 medicines
training to support understanding of new medicines that are down-scheduled and require a specific level of sales support.
Community Pharmacy Product
The required outcomes described in this unit contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.