This unit supports front-of-store sales work roles and is carried out under direction of a pharmacist.
SIRPPKS001A Support the sale of pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Develop knowledge of smoking cessation.
Identify the physiological effects of smoking and signs and symptoms of related health conditions.
Identify groups at risk of smoking-related illness.
Identify effects likely to be encountered by patients during smoking cessation.
Identify signs and symptoms of the health effects of smoking.
Identify and access sources of information, specialist services and practitioners.
Develop knowledge of smoking cessation-related products.
Identify and locate the pharmacy range of smoking cessation medications.
Identify and locate the pharmacy range of smoking cessation-related aids.
Identify customer needs.
Identify customer needs, symptoms, duration and severity.
Determine customer's current use of other medications and other medical conditions.
Identify and act upon situations requiring referral to pharmacist.
Provide information on smoking cessation-related products and support services.
Provide customers with information on lifestyle, self-care practices and specialist services to support smoking cessation.
Recommend smoking cessation-related medication and products appropriate to customer symptoms and needs.
Provide the customer with information and directions for product use.
Identify and act upon opportunities to suggest companion products relevant to desired health care outcomes.
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:
interpersonal communication skills to:
communicate with the customer including obtaining and providing information and confirming understanding through clear and direct communication
ask questions to identify and confirm requirements
use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
use and interpret non-verbal communication
apply literacy skills to read and interpret medication and self-care information
respect and maintain privacy and confidentiality of customer information
demonstrate procedures for identifying symptoms and identifying and selling smoking cessation-related medicines and products
locate specialist information and services to support smoking cessation
maintain currency of knowledge about smoking cessation and related medicines and products
demonstrate use of smoking cessation products
access and use information systems as required by the role
plan and organise work to meet customer service requirements.
The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:
pharmacy policies, protocols and procedures relating to the sale of smoking cessation medicines, aids, kits and equipment
common symptoms of smoking and smoking-related illness
short and long-term known health effects of active and passive smoking
common behavioural triggers that can contribute to smoking and related lifestyle and self-care information
range of smoking cessation medicines and products and basic understanding of modes of action for products that can be sold without the involvement of a pharmacist
common side effects of taking smoking cessation medicines and using smoking cessation aids and related management strategies
product and health condition terminology
sources of information, advice and specialist services related to smoking cessation
principles of evidence-based assessment as they apply to assessing the efficacy of medicines used to support smoking cessation and awareness of credible sources of information on product range
interaction of nicotine with other medications
role boundaries and responsibilities and circumstances under which referral to a pharmacist or other pharmacy staff is required
communication skills to collect and provide information to customers, including use of structured and open-ended questions and interpretation of non-verbal cues
procedures to follow for collecting and supplying information to an agent acting on behalf of a customer
communication methods and systems to operate as part of a team and provide relevant information to a pharmacist and other pharmacy staff as required.
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 when selling smoking cessation-related medicines, aids and equipment, including:
collecting the required information from customers
identifying situations or requests requiring referral to a pharmacist and refer appropriately
identifying and supplying the relevant medicines, information, aids and equipment to meet customer needs
demonstrating use of smoking cessation products
applies knowledge of nicotine dependence, triggers that contribute to smoking and barriers to quitting smoking
applies knowledge of smoking and related health conditions and side effects resulting from use of smoking cessation products
applies knowledge of medicine, aids and equipment appropriate to treat or manage smoking-related illnesses and related conditions
applies knowledge of lifestyle, self-care practices and support services
identifies and refers to specialist sources of information, advice and expertise to assist the customer and maintain currency of knowledge
respects and protects customer privacy when communicating with customers
demonstrates ability to put the customer at ease and use questioning techniques appropriate to discussing highly sensitive issues
provides information to customers in ways appropriate to customer needs and demonstrates appropriate techniques to confirm understanding
recognises the situations requiring referral to a pharmacist or other pharmacy staff according to pharmacy policy
plans and carries out work to meet customer service workflow requirements.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
demonstration of the sale of smoking cessation-related medicines and products 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 pharmacy environment
access to relevant pharmacy protocols and procedures
access to relevant documentation, such as:
smoking cessation product and service information
self-care and lifestyle advice
access to a range of customers with different requirements (real or simulated)
access to a range of smoking cessation products.
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 selling smoking cessation-related medicines and aids to a range of customers
written or verbal questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
role plays to confirm communication skills to meet diverse customer requirements.
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.
Sources of information, specialist services and practitioners may include:
health care information
pharmacy or supplier product leaflets, brochures and manuals
industry and professional publications
other health care specialists
Sale of smoking cessation medications aids and equipment must comply with:
federal and state or territory legislation
industry codes of practice, standards and guidelines
community pharmacy policies, protocols and procedures relating to the sale of smoking cessation-related medicines and products, aids and equipment.
Smoking cessation-related products and aids may include:
nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gums and inhalers
audio and video resources.
Medicines and products may include:
Other medications may include:
pharmacy and pharmacist-only medicines
herbal and vitamin supplements.
Recommendations refer to:
only those medicines not requiring referral to a pharmacist for therapeutic advice. This may include S2 medicines and general (non-scheduled) items
aids, test kits and equipment.
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.