• SHPA’s COVID-19 Hospital Pharmacy Relief: Introductory Training
    is a condensed program of learning designed to ensure as many practitioners as possible are as prepared as possible for potential deployment to relieve hospital staffing shortages. 

    Signing up to the Relief Register and/or completion of the associated Introductory Training does not mean you will be required for hospital relief work, as this will be coordinated based on location and skills mix of the hospitals requiring additional support. 

    Voluntary contributions

    SHPA is constantly monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the impact of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and, given the urgency of the crisis, has chosen to open access to many resources and initiatives at no cost.

    While there is no charge to undertake SHPA’s COVID-19 Hospital Pharmacy Relief: Introductory Trainingwe welcome voluntary contributions of $30, $60 or $120 in lieu as we continue our essential work supporting the hospital pharmacy workforce during this critical time.

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      Core topic 1: Inpatient supply of non-imprest medicines

      Learning objectives

      1. Discuss funding structures for the supply of medicines within hospital
      2. Describe the purposes of a hospital formulary and the management of non-formulary medicines
      3. Discuss the process for supplying non-imprest medicines to inpatients including
        • roles and responsibilities
        • work flow
        • time frames
        • number of supplied doses
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      Core topic 2: Hospital charts and forms

      Learning objectives

      1. Know how to use/read
        • National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC)
        • Fluid charts
        • Insulin charts
      2. Recognise risk associated with unaccepted terminology, abbreviations and symbols

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      Core topic 3: Best possible medication history

      Learning objectives 

      1. Outline the process of taking a best possible medication history (BPMH)
      2. Compare BPMH to current medicines prescribed (inpatient, discharge, transfer of care)
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      Core topic 4: Communication

      Learning objectives

      1. Communicate effectively using a variety of different communication modes
        • face-to-face
        • telephone
        • written
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      Core topic 5: Medication safety

      Learning objectives 

      1. Describe medication safety
      2. Identify high risk medications
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      Optional topic: Drug calculations

      Learning objectives

      1. Carry out simple drug calculations

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      Optional topic: Resources

      Learning objectives

      1. Outline resources available to support clinical decision making including

      • Clinical texts
      • Databases
      • Journals
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      Optional topic: Asthma inhaler technique

      Learning objectives

      1. Explain the correct use of asthma inhalers
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      Optional topic: VTE prophylaxis

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      Optional topic: Laboratory tests

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      Optional topic: Communicating about COVID-19

      Learning objective

      1. Overview practical advice on how to talk about difficult topics related to COVID-19