IPU Training Courses
IPU Pharmacy Technician Course – BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
The IPU Pharmacy Technician Course is a two-year ‘distance learning’ course for pharmacy staff who work in the dispensary. This course leads to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma which is accredited by Pearson International. The comprehensive course, which is delivered and managed by the IPU Training Unit, prepares pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in ensuring the delivery of a high-quality pharmacy service to patients in an efficient, safe and cost-effective manner. Simultaneously, it aims to ensure that pharmacy technicians have the necessary knowledge and skill to demonstrate professionalism and deliver person-centred care from day one of practice.
For more information on the IPU Pharmacy Technician Course Year 1 please click here.
IPU Pharmacy Interact Counter Assistant Course
The IPU Pharmacy Interact Plus Counter Assistant Course is a course geared for all staff working on the pharmacy medicine counter; including full time, part time and Saturday staff. The course is delivered by distance learning and will increase medicine counter assistants’ product knowledge and begin to develop the skills needed to work in pharmacy. The time span is six months.
Pharmacy Training Grant
The above training courses are claimable under the Pharmacy Training Grant. Up to €1,270 per pharmacy, per year is reimbursable for training from the HSE PCRS. For information on completing the Pharmacy Training Grant claim, click here. Claim forms can be obtained from the HSE PCRS by calling 01 864 7100.
Courses available include:
IPU Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Qualified Pharmacy Technicians (Online)
The IPU recognises that all pharmacy technicians should be afforded continuing professional development (CPD). We provide CPD online to equip pharmacy technicians with practical advice which will be easy to implement and will further enhance their role on the pharmacy dispensary team.
IPU Skin Solutions at the Counter Course
The IPU Skin Solutions at the Counter Course gives an overview of the most common skin complaints presented in the pharmacy, skincare ingredients, how they work and who they would benefit. All material is transferable between skincare brands so would benefit any pharmacy assistant irrespective of the brands offered in their store. This course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and competence to best empower the customer to make the correct decisions for their skin health.
Step-Up to Supervising Pharmacist
The IPU Step-Up to Supervising Pharmacist course has been designed to help prepare pharmacists for the transition to Supervising Pharmacist. The course will give a grounding in your legal and professional responsibilities to the regulator and those under the HSE contract.
IPU Bootcamp in Pharmacy Finance
The IPU Bootcamp in Pharmacy Finance course has been designed to allow pharmacists compliment their clinical skills with the knowledge and skills to understand the financial aspects of pharmacy business. It will equip pharmacists with an understanding of general and dispensary finance and help them to understand how they and their dispensary teams directly affect cash flow and profitability each month.
ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (QQI Level 6)
The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management is for new or existing managers, supervisors and even aspiring entrepreneurs. The study of Business and Management develops knowledge and understanding in a wide range of subject areas such as communications, marketing, human resources and finance. The study of Business and Management is also relevant to support progression for learners to higher qualification levels and job role advancement in an organisation.
ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QQI Level 5)
The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is for managers, business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs. It will focus on a solid understanding of accountancy terms, practices, techniques, and legal issues is central to the efficient running of a business. The study of Accountancy is underpinned by applied learning in accounting practice, accounting techniques and management information systems.
Pharmacy Retail Sales Course (eLearning)
The IPU Pharmacy Retail Sales course provides the pharmacy sales assistant with the knowledge and understanding of the various sales techniques used for up-selling and cross-selling within a retail pharmacy
IPU Delegation Management Course
The IPU Delegation Management course is a tutor-directed online workshop and is aimed at candidates who are in a supervisory or management role or aspire to be in the future. Good delegation skills support supervisors and managers, make the most productive use of their own time, and improves team members’ knowledge and skills, as well as the team’s job satisfaction. Good delegation practice also avoids managerial overload, stress and ultimately burn out.
IPU Basics in Health and Nutrition Course
The IPU Basics in Health and Nutrition Course provides information on health and nutrition, as well as an overview on how nutritional supplements can assist health and wellbeing. The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and competence to appropriately engage with patients and customers and give advice on the required vitamins, minerals and supplements solutions. This highly interactive one-day tutor-directed online workshop is specifically for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy staff.
IPU Supervisory Development Course
The IPU Supervisory Development Course is an introduction to Leadership and Management and is aimed at learners who are in a supervisory or management role or aspire to be in the future. This interactive tutor-directed online workshop is delivered over two days, one month apart.
IPU Introduction to Employment Law and Employee Rights
The IPU Introduction to Employment Law and Employee Rights eLearning course has been designed to assist owners and managers to ensure compliance with current employment rights and employer responsibilities. Employment law has become increasingly complex over the past number of years.
Executive Diploma in Strategic Pharmacy Business Management
DBS, in partnership with the IPU, are offering an Executive Diploma in Strategic Pharmacy Business Management. The complexity of managing a pharmacy and its operations is of growing importance as the sector is becoming more competitive. Pharmacy owners and managers need to match consumer demand with shelf supply, by balancing variety and service levels, and optimising demand and profit via a carefully calibrated price and marketing decision. To manage these issues we need to look at, space; ranges; stock; communication and pricing, all in a holistic approach.
Medicine in Care Homes
The Medicines in Care Homes training pack has been designed to assist pharmacists in providing training on the management of medication to care staff working in residential care settings. The provision of training to care staff is a requirement of the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland published by HIQA. The training can be used as an introduction to medicines for new care staff or as a refresher for existing staff. Each pack contains one pharmacist’s manual and six training workbooks for care staff.