development of a nationally recognised framework for the assessment of
medicines management skills was commissioned by the NHS Pharmacy
Education and Development Committee (PEDC) in response to the Department
of Health White Paper ‘Equity & Excellence, Liberating the NHS’ and the
Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda. The
framework has been developed by a Working Group that includes medicines
management pharmacy technician specialists and education and development
specialists representing all regions within the United Kingdom. The
Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APTUK) and Centre for Postgraduate
Pharmacy Education (CPPE) are also represented. The approval of any
programmes through this framework will be carried out under the
authority of NHS PEDC.
framework is intended to be used by training providers who:
develop medicines management training and assessment programmes for
deliver medicines management programmes and wish to assess the quality
of their programmes against a nationally recognised standard
The MMS framework is
open to all organisations and sectors of pharmacy that have pharmacy
technicians performing a medicines management role. Although it is
recognised that the modules currently included consider roles that are
predominantly carried out by hospital based pharmacy technicians,
the framework is intended to be flexible in its approach. It
is also hoped that, in the future, it will be broadened to include all
levels/bands/responsibilities of the medicines management role in many
sectors of practice.
The MMS framework is cognisant of others
in existence and has built on existing work and experience across the
whole of the UK, including the Framework for Pharmacy Technicians (FPT).
This framework aims to meet the needs of current medicines management
roles for pharmacy technicians whilst recognising the development of
extended roles and new skills.
to get your scheme approved
Any training providers of medicines management training and assessment
programmes can apply to have their schemes mapped against the standards
of the national framework and nationally approved under the authority of
the NHS Pharmacy Education & Development Committee (NHS PEDC). The
approval panel members are occupational experts who have been designated
by NHS PEDC.
Before a programme is submitted for approval, the programme lead must
have assessed whether the programme fulfils the criteria of the
framework. The submitted programme will then be assessed against
criteria based on learning outcomes, methods of assessment and standards
of practice for each module.
The approval process is
open to NHS and non-NHS organisations. The fees are:
per NHS application
per non NHS organisation.
An invoice for payment
will be issued when your application is received. A resubmission fee may
be necessary if the application requires a full comprehensive second
For more information on the programme approval process, please refer to
the approval application pack and the approval process map.
The dates of the upcoming approval meetings are:
Training Providers have formally applied for and received national
approval of their Medicines Management Training and Assessment
South West Medicines Information & Training
North East Pharmacy Education & Training Office
London Pharmacy Education & Training
Kent Surrey Sussex Postgraduate Deanery Pharmacy
Welsh Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education
NHS East of England
Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning &
and Humber Pharmacy Development Unit
For more information on the framework or
for help and guidance on completing the application form, please
contact your nearest regional representative of the national framework