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  • Primary care pharmacy

    education pathway

    Assessment handbook

    Page 1



    Helen Middleton, lead pharmacist, Clinical pharmacists in general practice education, London and South



    Dianne Bell, education supervisor, CPPE Lesley Grimes, head of learning development, CPPE Sneha Varia, regional manager, CPPE


    Sally Greensmith, head of national pathways for primary care education, CPPE

    Clare Smith, senior pharmacist, national pathways for primary care education


    With thanks to Christine Gratus, a patient, for generously sharing her experiences and suggestions for how

    pharmacy professionals can communicate with patients about workplace-based assessments.


    Bethan Wilkes, assistant editor, CPPE

    Disclaimer We have developed this learning programme to support your practice in this topic area. We recommend that you use it in combination with other established reference sources. If you are using it significantly after the date of initial publication, then you should refer to current published evidence. CPPE does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.

    External websites CPPE is not responsible for the content of any non-CPPE websites mentioned in this programme or for the accuracy of any information to be found there. All web links in this resource were accessed on 18 September 2019.

    Published in September 2019 by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT. © Copyright controller HMSO 2018

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    Section 1 – Assessment overview

    Section 2 – Case-based discussion

    Section 3 – Multisource feedback

    Section 4 – Clinical examination and procedural skills assessment record

    Section 5 – Patient satisfaction questionnaire

    Section 6 – Consultation skills direct observation of practice

    Section 7 – Portfolio

    Section 8 – Statement of assessment and progression

    Appendix 1 – Guidance on time needed to complete assessments

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    Section 1: Assessment overview The Primary care pharmacy education pathway assessment strategy is multimodal with multiple evidence

    points to provide assurance that the learner has gained knowledge, skills and behavioural insight, which

    allows us to form an overall individual profile against the curriculum. Assessments are linked to workplace

    roles for relevancy. Assessments include e-assessments, workplace-based assessments, reflective essays,

    a portfolio and a statement of progression at the end of the pathway. The assessment tools are accessible

    to all. Online assessments are completed remotely at any time. Our assessment strategy is proportionate,

    providing assurance of patient safety within a manageable time. See Appendix 1 for guidance on the time

    needed to complete each assessment.

    Our assessment strategy is broadly based on Miller’s pyramid1, which is used to describe levels of

    competence. It starts at the bottom and works upwards, and every step is a building block towards the next


    Figure 1: Miller’s pyramid

     Level 1: The first level is ‘knows’, or demonstrating

    that you know something. ‘Knows’ is tested via CPPE


     Level 2: The next level is ‘knows how’, or applying

    your knowledge to show that you know what it is for.

    ‘Knows how’ is also tested via CPPE e-assessments.

     Level 3: The next level is ‘shows how’, ie, you should

    be able to show how something is done. This is often

    in a simulated environment such as a classroom.

     Level 4: The last level in the process is ‘does’, when

    you have moved beyond ‘showing how’ to ‘doing’.

    You are able to routinely do it reliably and safely in

    the workplace. Level 4 is assessed using workplace

    based assessments, eg, case-based discussion,

    direct observation of practice, multisource feedback,


    Assessments are linked to modules and are progressive, eg, the Consultation skills e-assessment (module

    1) demonstrates ‘knows’ and ‘knows how’. The consultation skills direct observation (module 5)

    demonstrates ‘does’. Our assessment strategy includes workplace-based assessment to provide ongoing

    assurance of patient safety, monitor progression and provide feedback to help learning in line with General

    Medical Council guidance on assessment.

    On completion of the pathway you will receive a statement of assessment and progression (SoAP) from

    CPPE. The SoAP measures your role progression and progression with the learning and assessments.

    The figure on the next page provides an overview of Primary care pharmacy education pathway including

    module assessments.

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    Figure 2: Overview of the Primary care pharmacy education pathway

    We have provided a brief summary of the assessments in this section of the assessment handbook. There

    is more information about each of the workplace-based assessments and the statement of progression in

    the subsequent sections on the handbook.

    You must complete all CPPE assessments and you cannot substitute these with local assessments

    or assessments completed as part of a diploma or independent prescribing course.

    It is possible to apply for exemption to module 3, Clinical assessment skills, and/or module 4, Leadership

    and management, if you are able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience. If the CPPE

    panel approves your exemption then you will be exempt from the assessments associated with these

    modules. Pharmacy technicians may also be exempt from the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire

    assessment in module 5 if they are not yet in a patient-facing role.

    Where to find assessment forms and portfolio recording templates

    We have included copies of the assessment forms and portfolio templates in this handbook for

    completeness. All assessment forms and portfolio templates can be downloaded as iPDF documents from

    the assessment section of Canvas (the CPPE virtual leaning environment).

    Recording progress with assessments

    CPPE has designed a pathway progress tracker to record the key activities and assessments you undertake as you progress with the Primary care pharmacy education pathway. This will help you to track your progress with assessments throughout the 18-month pathway.

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    To record and view your progress with assessments, you will click on the pathway progress button on the Primary care pharmacy education pathway page of the CPPE website

    You will need to sign up for the assessment tracker for each module. When you are signed up, you will see

    that each assessment is a separate activity in the tracker. The date that you passed e-assessments and

    reflective essays will be automatically populated in the pathway progress trackers from the CPPE

    database. You need to manually record the dates that you passed the other assessments. You can clearly

    see which activities you have completed as they will be marked with a tick. Your education supervisor will

    be able to use the data from your tracker to monitor your progress with assessments.

    Module 1 assessments

    Pharmacy professionals will complete the following assessments as part of their induction within three

    months of starting the pathway, ie, by the end of module 1.

    You can access the e-assessments via the links in the module 1 activity series.

    Assessment Format

    Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults level 2 assessment*

    e-assessment - Activity 1

    e-Learning for healthcare (eLfH) Equality, diversity and human rights e-assessment

    e-assessment – Activity 2

    Primary care essentials e-assessment e-assessment – Activity 3

    Care homes e-learning e-assessment – Activity 4

    Consultation skills e-assessment e-assessment – Activity 5

    *The purpose of completing this assessment is to prepare pharmacy professionals for their patient-facing role in

    primary care. The minimum level of safeguarding training for pharmacy professionals is level 2 so all pharmacy

    professionals, including those on CPPE pathways, should pass the CPPE Safeguarding children an