Technical Services Final Accuracy Checking Course within
This course involves candidates attending 3 full day student training sessions run by trainers with
current, relevant experience. This is followed by work-based activities, in their own department.
Students are given in depth course information and advice on portfolio building. They also have the
opportunity to look at examples of suitable material to use in their own portfolios.
The assessment for this programme is in three parts:
Practice in Final Accuracy Checking and 1,000 item log
Passing a Practical Test
Submitting a Portfolio of evidence
The course is based on the recommendations of the National Framework for Final Accuracy Checking
within Aseptic Services. The Preston College course is the only final accuracy checking course that is
accredited by an awarding body..
The course is advised by a Support Group consisting of representatives from all aspects of the
Each candidate must be allocated a mentor in their pharmacy, by their line manager. A mentor must be
either a pharmacist or an Accredited Final Accuracy Checking Technician. Mentors must attend a
Mentor Training half-day session with the College and representatives from each workplace will be
invited to attend update sessions.. In addition other individuals in the pharmacy may be asked to act as
assessors for the 1,000 item log and will need to be advised by the mentor.
Practice in Dispensing Checking
Candidates practice their checking skills by final accuracy checking 1,000 items. They are monitored
doing this by their mentor and, possibly, other assessor(s). In order to pass this part of the programme
the candidate must not miss any errors in the final accuracy checking stage of the process. If they do
not reach this standard they must repeat the practice on another 1,000 items.
Once the candidates have successfully completed the 1,000 items practice they are set a practical test.
The test consists of a given number of products. Some error types are defined and others based on
local incidents. Passing the end test requires 100% accuracy in checking. Candidates are permitted
TWO attempts in total and must sit a different test each time. If candidates are still unsuccessful they
must repeat tutorials.1, 000 items end test.
Candidates must submit for Internal Verification a portfolio of evidence to support the performance
criteria listed in the syllabus. The mentor determines the suitability, quantity and quality of the evidence
and signs to this fact in the Candidate Log Book.