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Clinical Skills

Clinical skills courses

NES Pharmacy has redesigned and commissioned Clinical Skills courses via a collaborative of Clinical Skills units in 3 Medical Schools (Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh), a School of Nursing (Glasgow Caledonian University) and the two Schools of Pharmacy.

These courses are commissioned for Pharmacist Independent Prescribers (PIPs) and those training as PIPs and it is recommended that all PIPs complete both core course elements including recording patient consultations

Core Courses

1. Core Clinical Assessment Skills courses

This is redesigned 2-day course, in line with Prescription for Excellence, and includes training is now available for booking and will include a practical assessment. All prescribers and those in training will be notified of dates and venues by email. Booking for the courses is via Portal

These courses are run throughout the year and are held in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow at the Medical and Nursing Schools. These are advertised directly to Pharmacists on the NES Prescribing database via the Regional Practice Education Co-ordinators.

2a.  Patient-centred consultation skills

The one day patient-centred consultation skills course, is held in the two Schools of Pharmacy, for qualified Pharmacist Prescribers and those in training. The courses are run throughout the year.  These are advertised directly to Pharmacists on the NES Pharmacy Prescribing database via the Regional Practice Education Co-ordinators.

2b.  Peer review of Consultations

Following consultation skills training, Pharmacists are asked to submit a recording of 2-4 patient consultations, from their current practice, which are peer reviewed by NES trained and accredited Peer Reviewers. Following peer review, the pharmacist will receive written feedback which allows Pharmacists to benchmark and further develop their consultation skills

NES encrypted tablet devices, and instructions for recording consultations including patient consent processes, are provided to record the consultations.

Consultation Peer Review submission form.

Peer Review Consultation

Pharmacists should contact pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk to obtain an encrypted tablet to record consultations.

Guidance has also been prepared for Pharmacists working in secondary care who are recording consultations.  

Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills courses

There are 4 advanced clinical skills courses available all of which run from the Schools of Medicine. PIPs must have completed both core elements before applying for these courses. The courses are based on requirements from Prescription for Excellence and are:

  • Common Clinical Conditions
  • Cardiovascular / Respiratory
  • Diabetes
  • Musculoskeletal

These courses are advertised directly to Pharmacists on the NES Prescribing database via the Regional Practice Education Co-ordinators.

For further information about these courses please contact your Regional Practice Education Co-ordinator or pharmacy@nes.scot.nhs.uk